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Jaguar is world's fastest supercomputer
The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/2010

Posted on 06/03/2010 4:25:55 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Jaguar, an American computer that can perform as many calculations in a day as a normal computer can in 100 years, has been crowned as the world's fastest supercomputer.

Jaguar, built by the Cray company and housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has a top speed of 1.75 petaflops per second, according to a bi-annual top 500 supercomputer survey.

A petaflop is equivalent to 1,000 trillion calculations

The $120 million (£82 million) Jaguar has been used by scientists to simulate the explosion of stars, the flow of uranium into the Columbia river from ageing underground storage facilities, and the effects of climate change.

The United States is home to around half the supercomputers on the top 500 list, which was published at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

However, China, which has unabashed ambitions to build the world's fastest computer, now has 24 of the world's fastest machines.

China's Nebulae machine at the National Supercomputing centre in the southern city of Shenzhen ranked second overall, with a speed of 1.271 petaflops per second. The Tianhe-1 supercomputer in Tianjin ranked seventh.

The Chinese state media said the machines were being used for sequencing genes and other scientific projects.

The fastest machine in the UK – which has 38 supercomputers on the list – is housed at the University of Edinburgh. It has a top speed of 0.27 petaflops per second.

Scientists said the supercomputers are increasingly being used commercially, especially in the aerospace and defence sectors. Giant retailers, such as Walmart, also have powerful systems in order to track their supply chain.

Experts also said that while the top 500 list represented the fastest known computers, there were also a number of secret machines, owned by governments around the world, whose speed may be even greater.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hitech; hppc

1 posted on 06/03/2010 4:25:55 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

Big deal. I can mate with a tall blond!


2 posted on 06/03/2010 4:27:52 PM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Petaflops - love that word.


3 posted on 06/03/2010 4:28:14 PM PDT by shekkian
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To: bruinbirdman

Does it come in a laptop version?


4 posted on 06/03/2010 4:28:20 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: bruinbirdman

Number two on the list was a macbook pro.........< /sarcasm>


5 posted on 06/03/2010 4:32:38 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: bruinbirdman

A petaflop...

And here I thought it was one more premise by Peta that failed to be widely accepted.

The Jaguar, a thousand trillion calculations per second, and they still can’t quantify the thinking process of the female of the species. (Go ahead ladies, I deserve it, but I couldn’t resist.) ;^)


6 posted on 06/03/2010 4:35:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (J. D. Hayworth, the next Senator, the Great State of Arizona - Sen. Poopdeck, Panama is calling...)
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To: bruinbirdman
Doesn't matter. I could have that and a dozen OC-3 connections and the driver source file I need would still be on a 286 ftp server using an acoustic modem in Zimbabwe and take 2 days to download.

/johnny

7 posted on 06/03/2010 4:35:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bruinbirdman

“Jaguar, built by the Cray company and housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has a top speed of 1.75 petaflops per second, according to a bi-annual top 500 supercomputer survey. “

That there is pretty damn fast, I don’t care who you are.


8 posted on 06/03/2010 4:40:50 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: bruinbirdman

I have a 56k modem....whats your point?


9 posted on 06/03/2010 4:41:55 PM PDT by 2aberro
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To: bruinbirdman

Don’t be too dazzled. I’ve spent years in that business (couple of years ago, “I” had nearly 160 of those Top 500 on the list). There’s one hell of a lot of gamesmanship by vendors, and Linpack tests are not the best way to determine a computer’s true capabilities.


10 posted on 06/03/2010 4:42:40 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: bruinbirdman

Fastest?

Is that the same as the most powerful?


11 posted on 06/03/2010 4:54:52 PM PDT by adorno
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To: bruinbirdman
Jaguar is world's fastest supercomputer

Maybe in 1993

12 posted on 06/03/2010 4:57:59 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: dljordan
That there is pretty damn fast, I don’t care who you are.

Doesn't matter how fast it is, Microsoft will still come up with an OS that takes six minutes to start up.

13 posted on 06/03/2010 5:29:03 PM PDT by Grut
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To: RightOnline
There’s one hell of a lot of gamesmanship by vendors, and Linpack tests are not the best way to determine a computer’s true capabilities.

Let's not forget the acronym "MIPS" when used to test performance... "Meaningless Indicator of Performance" (as opposed to "Millions of Instructions Per Second.)

Mark

14 posted on 06/03/2010 5:41:27 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: shekkian

Me too, wonder what the next higher will be named? lol


15 posted on 06/03/2010 6:01:12 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: DoughtyOne
NO I won't get you on that on, it's just funny. rofl

God never intended for you to understand us, that is what makes us so special and appealing, and you guys so interested. You guys just keep chasing us, until we catch you. Now that's the female mind right there. ROFL

16 posted on 06/03/2010 6:05:04 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: annieokie

Ha! I object your honor! ;^)


17 posted on 06/03/2010 6:07:17 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (J. D. Hayworth, the next Senator, the Great State of Arizona - Sen. Poopdeck, Panama is calling...)
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To: annieokie

Okay...

I agree. Harumph!


18 posted on 06/03/2010 6:07:54 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (J. D. Hayworth, the next Senator, the Great State of Arizona - Sen. Poopdeck, Panama is calling...)
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To: Grut

“Doesn’t matter how fast it is, Microsoft will still come up with an OS that takes six minutes to start up.”

Amen. Of course this is a mainframe and they take a lot longer.


19 posted on 06/03/2010 6:10:24 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: qam1

My buddy had one of those.
Pretty cool for it’s time.
He sold it to buy a 3DO.


20 posted on 06/03/2010 6:11:11 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: bruinbirdman

We can thank Billy J. Clinton, who personally signed over those Crays to the Chinese.


21 posted on 06/03/2010 6:14:16 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist with no rational argument.)
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To: DoughtyOne
SEE? See how it worked??? ROFL

have a great day

22 posted on 06/03/2010 6:26:07 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: annieokie

Oh you!!!!! Grrrrr...

;^)


23 posted on 06/03/2010 8:01:06 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (J. D. Hayworth, the next Senator, the Great State of Arizona - Sen. Poopdeck, Panama is calling...)
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To: DoughtyOne

lol


24 posted on 06/03/2010 8:10:32 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: bruinbirdman

25 posted on 06/03/2010 9:03:07 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: annieokie
Me too, wonder what the next higher will be named? lol

Given the current speed of progress,
Supercomputers are projected to reach
1 exaFLOPS 10^18 in 2019

26 posted on 06/03/2010 9:07:42 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Squantos

Does it come in a laptop?


27 posted on 06/04/2010 8:29:20 PM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: HangnJudge
Nice logo on that sucker, kind of wondering what type of logo I can put on my 11 year old Gateway G6 400Mhz I'm using now ?
28 posted on 06/04/2010 9:15:04 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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