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Stephen Hawking Has a New Supercomputer

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Physicist extraordinaire Stephen Hawking has been given a new supercomputer by his university.

"COSMOS" is installed at the University of Cambridge's Distributed Research utilizing Advanced Computing (DiRAC) facility and will be focused at computations that "advance our understanding of the origin and structure of our universe."

The system integrates 1,856 Xeon E5 Sandy Bridge processing cores as well as 14.5 TB globally shared memory. The university said that COSMOS will be upgraded at a later point in time with 31 Xeon Phi coprocessors. The SGI UV2000 cluster is already Europe's largest share memory system.

“We have made spectacular advances in cosmology and particle physics recently," Hawking said in a prepared statement. "Cosmology is now a precision science, so we need machines like COSMOS to reach out and touch the real universe, to investigate whether our mathematical models are correct."

Hawking noted that he hopes that "we will soon find an ultimate theory which, in principle, would enable us to predict everything in the Universe." Supercomputers like COSMOS are necessary to "describe how something as big and complex as the Universe evolves, let alone why humans behave the way they do!”


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    Flameout , August 6, 2012 11:42 PM
    memadmaxHawking is a looney toon stuck on pause.I especially love the left wing environmental liberal crap he spews about man made climate change(he prolly invented that term so as to not look stupid)....

    it's people like u that make the world worse for everyone else
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    zorky9 , August 6, 2012 11:17 PM
    "The system integrates Stephen Hawking and 1,856 Xeon E5 Sandy Bridge processing cores as well as 14.5 TB globally shared memory. "

    Now that's a super computer.
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    house70 , August 6, 2012 11:45 PM
    memadmaxHawking is a looney toon stuck on pause.I especially love the left wing environmental liberal crap he spews about man made climate change(he prolly invented that term so as to not look stupid)....

    That is sooooo low, I can't even begin to tell you how low is of you.
    Insulting a man who has achieved (in a state that would entitle the rest of us to just live off disability checks for the remainder of our puny lives) more than you would be able to in 10 lifetimes is just proof of what is wrong with mankind and indirectly proves him right once again.
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    jhansonxi , August 6, 2012 11:11 PM
    Quote:
    we will soon find an ultimate theory which, in principle, would enable us to predict everything in the Universe.

    Need some constraints on that. It's not going to predict irrational outcomes like politics, religion, and M$'s OS design decisions.
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    zorky9 , August 6, 2012 11:17 PM
    "The system integrates Stephen Hawking and 1,856 Xeon E5 Sandy Bridge processing cores as well as 14.5 TB globally shared memory. "

    Now that's a super computer.
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    Anonymous , August 6, 2012 11:18 PM
    "we will soon find an ultimate theory which, in principle, would enable us to predict everything in the Universe."

    lol.
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    Flameout , August 6, 2012 11:42 PM
    memadmaxHawking is a looney toon stuck on pause.I especially love the left wing environmental liberal crap he spews about man made climate change(he prolly invented that term so as to not look stupid)....

    it's people like u that make the world worse for everyone else
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    house70 , August 6, 2012 11:45 PM
    memadmaxHawking is a looney toon stuck on pause.I especially love the left wing environmental liberal crap he spews about man made climate change(he prolly invented that term so as to not look stupid)....

    That is sooooo low, I can't even begin to tell you how low is of you.
    Insulting a man who has achieved (in a state that would entitle the rest of us to just live off disability checks for the remainder of our puny lives) more than you would be able to in 10 lifetimes is just proof of what is wrong with mankind and indirectly proves him right once again.
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    proxy711 , August 6, 2012 11:46 PM
    geeksinhere23if they can make a keyboard attach to his brain would be a lot helpful to squash abit more juice out from that supercomputer. don't waste cpu power when 99.9% of all cpu is in idle mode while Stephen hawking is in typing.

    I kind of doubt he can type anymore. If my grandfather with ALS has a computer that reads his eye movements to type out sentences so he can communicate with the world, you would think Hawking would have a much more advanced and faster way of typing.
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    igot1forya , August 6, 2012 11:48 PM
    All I can think of when I hear Stephen Hawking is his Mad Rap skillz :) 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn7-fVtT16k
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    freggo , August 6, 2012 11:56 PM
    If Hawking wins the Lottery..... 17 times in a row..... than we know he is on to something :-)
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    2phatcows , August 6, 2012 11:57 PM
    Proxy711I kind of doubt he can type anymore. If my grandfather with ALS has a computer that reads his eye movements to type out sentences so he can communicate with the world, you would think Hawking would have a much more advanced and faster way of typing.

    When he is working on projects, he has a partner that does the typing while Steven guides him with an advanced version of prediction word typing. It is really neat high tech advanced stuff.
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    kitekrazy1963 , August 7, 2012 12:19 AM
    Cons29how about using those to treat cancer or something? like folding


    or see if it can play Crysis at max settings.

    Meanwhile students at Cambridge will expect a 20% tuition increase.
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    bawchicawawa , August 7, 2012 12:21 AM
    Cons29how about using those to treat cancer or something? like folding


    How about there are already super computers and individuals helping out to compute folding?


    Stop tunnel visioning everything.
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    A Bad Day , August 7, 2012 1:05 AM
    Cons29how about using those to treat cancer or something? like folding

    kitekrazy1963or see if it can play Crysis at max settings.Meanwhile students at Cambridge will expect a 20% tuition increase.


    "Why should we give this loony Italian so he can find an alternative route to Asia? He's probably going to fail mid-voyage!"

    "There's no need for the telegram, our messenger boys are sufficient."

    "There's no need for this talking wire as the telegram is sufficient." (Western Union stated something like this after turning down Alexander Bell)

    "Build a transcontinental railroad across the Great Plains? Might as well as build one to the moon!"

    "Some loony wants a fortune to fund a couple of oil wells in this Texan area that doesn't have any oil. Haha."

    "So some folks discovered the basics of radioactivity physics. Interesting. NOT."

    "Why should we send a man to moon? Wouldn't the money be better used for the Great Society?"
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    opmopadop , August 7, 2012 1:08 AM
    [1,856 Xeon E5 Sandy Bridge processing cores] I would love to know how many watts of power this baby drinks.
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    A Bad Day , August 7, 2012 1:08 AM
    Oh, and I also forgot one of my favorites:

    "There is no need for unified scientific method or measurement. Also, there's no such thing as oxygen. Phlogiston is real."
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    darkavenger123 , August 7, 2012 1:11 AM
    Predict everything? Does it includes lottery number??
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    killerclick , August 7, 2012 1:30 AM
    Which OS is this thing running?
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    del35 , August 7, 2012 1:33 AM
    He needs one. Maybe he will come up with some interesting theories now.
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