Stephen Hawking Has a New Supercomputer

"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
    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
  • zorky9
    "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.
  • house70
    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
    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.
  • zorky9
    "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.
  • Anonymous
    "we will soon find an ultimate theory which, in principle, would enable us to predict everything in the Universe."

    lol.