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NCSA's 11.5 PFlops Blue Waters Supercomputer in Testing

The new supercomputer entered into "friendly-user" mode and is now accessible by National Science Foundation-approved science and engineering teams. NCSA said that "selected" users "will have access to the entire system during this window in order to help the Blue Waters team test and evaluate the full system and to expedite the Petascale Computing Resource Allocation (PRAC) teams' ability to use the full Blue Waters system productively as soon as it is in full production status."

Blue Waters, a $188 million system, which was originally designed to be based on IBM architecture, consists of "more than" 235 Cray XE6 cabinets based on "more than" 49,000 AMD Opteron 6200-series processors, as well as "more than" XK6 30 cabinets based on "more than" 3,000 Nvidia Tesla GPUs.

The expected peak performance will exceed 11.5 petaflops, according to the NCSA. Total nearline storage space will be more than 500 PB.

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  • cats_Paw
    AMD with nvidia... Brace yourself, "But can it run Crysis?" Comments Incoming.
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  • but can it run crysis
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  • monktongaz
    I don't know about Crysis, but just imagine what this baby could do with Football Manager 2013.
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  • grantwar
    Really? crysis and football manager...I think you guys are missing the bigger picture here!

    Just imagine Solitaire running on that beauty :)
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  • vittau
    It takes some serious creativity and ingenuity to program for 49.000+ cores.
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  • freggo
    How about Pong in multi-player mode...
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  • jn77
    I could put that to good use with Photoshop and Premier for 4k video editing 10000x speed
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  • memadmax
    vittauIt takes some serious creativity and ingenuity to program for 49.000+ cores.
    Not really, all you have to do is create a loop that creates worker threads for all the cores.
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  • silverblue
    I bet they also have an excuse as to the CPU choice... "well, it seemed a good idea two/three years back...". :P
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  • wiyosaya
    memadmaxNot really, all you have to do is create a loop that creates worker threads for all the cores.And have a data set that you can split into 49,000 parts. :)
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