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Fujitsu Ships Parts for the Fastest Supercomputer

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10 petaflops... a lot of flops.

Fujitsu is now shipping the first parts to its next-generation supercomputer to the Japanese government-funded RIKEN research institute.

The supercomputer, called K, will have 800 racks with 80,000 Fujitsu SPARC 64 VIIIfx processors running at 2.2GHz.

Fujitsu announced this new processor during May of 2009, and great things are expected of it when it'll be the brains behind what looks to be the world's fastest supercomputer – by a fair margin. The only problem is that the computer isn't set to be up and fully operational until 2012.

The Fujitsu K is projected to be capable of 10 petaflops. Right now, the fastest supercomputer in the world is Cray's Jaguar system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with 1.75 petaflops.

(Source: Cnet.)

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    scook9 , September 29, 2010 3:20 PM
    eklipz330what would they need all that computing power for?

    Things like discovering how the universe works and curing cancer

    Both of which I am ok with
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    meat81 , September 29, 2010 3:23 PM
    Tamz_mscHow much power will it consume?


    I am waiting for the first Ass to say "Not more than a GTX 480!"....
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    Tamz_msc , September 29, 2010 3:20 PM
    How much power will it consume?
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    areszues92 , September 29, 2010 3:12 PM
    woah...petaflops
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    TheStealthyOne , September 29, 2010 3:15 PM
    Please, don't ask if it can play Crysis.
  • 15 Hide
    Tamz_msc , September 29, 2010 3:20 PM
    How much power will it consume?
  • 24 Hide
    scook9 , September 29, 2010 3:20 PM
    eklipz330what would they need all that computing power for?

    Things like discovering how the universe works and curing cancer

    Both of which I am ok with
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    microterf , September 29, 2010 3:22 PM
    I really can't wait to see what uses they have for that much raw power.
  • 18 Hide
    meat81 , September 29, 2010 3:23 PM
    Tamz_mscHow much power will it consume?


    I am waiting for the first Ass to say "Not more than a GTX 480!"....
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    d1rtyju1c3 , September 29, 2010 3:28 PM
    What a monster. That is over 5x faster than the jaguar. Amazing!
    The Jaguar only beat the IBM roadrunner by .71 petaflop's and that was only after a CPU upgrade.
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    djackson_dba , September 29, 2010 3:33 PM
    eklipz330what would they need all that computing power for?


    Figuring out how they will pay for all that power draw?
  • 4 Hide
    liveonc , September 29, 2010 3:40 PM
    djackson_dbaFiguring out how they will pay for all that power draw?


    Or maybe trying to figure out how they'll pay for the Fujitsu K? ;-)
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    g00fysmiley , September 29, 2010 4:16 PM
    that is a crazy amount of processing... but i'll wait till we get actual results before i believe the 10 petaflop claim
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    cookoy , September 29, 2010 4:45 PM
    and it's simply called "K". they don't waste time on such trivial task as coming up with a sophisticated name. that's Japanese efficiency.
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    burnley14 , September 29, 2010 5:20 PM
    cookoyand it's simply called "K". they don't waste time on such trivial task as coming up with a sophisticated name. that's Japanese efficiency.


    This might be true, except every conversation about it is going to have to include:

    "It doesn't have as much power as K. K? You don't know K? You know, the terribly named non-descriptive title of the Japanese supercomputer."

    Very efficient.
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    lamorpa , September 29, 2010 5:24 PM
    eklipz330what would they need all that computing power for?

    computing
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    jn77 , September 29, 2010 5:24 PM
    We were told a while back that Intel was falling behind... looks like it is upon us.
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    Anonymous , September 29, 2010 5:26 PM
    @mlopinto2k1

    these arent Intel or even AMD chips, they SPARCs which are designed to be good at number crunching, architecturally not too dissimilar to the way GPGPU works in fact
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    thebigt42 , September 29, 2010 5:34 PM
    eklipz330what would they need all that computing power for?

    For calculating the ultimate answer to life the universe and everything
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    Anonymous , September 29, 2010 5:42 PM
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    just PetaFlops doesnt mean anything performance wise.


    You do know a petaflop is a quadrillion computations per second. That's some pretty beefy performance if you ask me.
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