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  • Fastest Supercomputer to be built from Sony PlayStation 3 "cell"

    The definition of a supercomputer is about to be redefined again. The next generation of supercomputer will run thousands of time faster than today's supercomputer, and its design utilizes the "cell" chip design for used in the Sony PlayStation 3.

    This new supercomputer, Roadrunner, will be installed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. The laboratory is owned by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Eventually the machine could be used for a programme that ensures the US nuclear weapons stockpile remains safe and reliable. By using supercomputers to simulate how nuclear materials age, it may be possible to eliminate underground nuclear testing.

    The new machine will be able to achieve "petaflop speeds". One petaflop is the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second. Running at peak speed, it will be able to crunch through 1.6 thousand trillion calculations per second. By comparison, the current fastest supercomputer BlueGene/L is capable of mere "teraflop" (trillion calculations per second) speeds.

    The computer will contain 16,000 standard processors working alongside 16,000 "cell" processors, designed for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3).

    Each cell chip consists of eight processors controlled by a master unit that can assign tasks to each member of the processing team. Each cell is capable of 256 billion calculations per second.

    The power of the cell chip means Roadrunner needs far fewer processors than its predecessors.

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    Last edited by jinjin; 09-07-2006, 08:17 PM.

  • #2
    I see... so even if the PS3 *does* flop (which doesn't seem too unlikely now), at least it's cell chip will be good for something
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    • #3
      I wish that title was different. The PS3 is obviously no where near a super computer or even a home computer for that reason. Yes if the cell is used properly which sony is not doing it could in deed be a very powerful super computer. But the PS3 will just be an overpriced blu-ray player since sony hasnt properly utilized the cell. In fact it might be safer to use as a boat anchor or a toaster.
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      • #4
        noone said, that Cell isn't good in itself... it's just not the right thing for an entertainment-device.


        ....and they again fail at mentioning, that those "256 billion calculations per second" are NOT 256 giga-flops, but a 256 billion maximum of vectoroperations per second. those are not generic operations like on plain integer/word/double/float or whatever basic numbertype!


        edit: it's the usual "don't trust any statistics you didn't alter yourself"
        2nd edit: "flop" as in "floating point operation"



        and saying "calculation" to measure speed is damn wrong, too:
        a calculation could be just 1+1 or (123^(12/35))*72.935
        ...the second would take muuuuch longer.
        that's why speed is effectively measured in operations [object operator object = term] -- in fact floating point operations per second
        NOT calculations
        Last edited by Atachi; 09-07-2006, 08:14 PM.

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        • #5
          Yes. We will finally get to know the googleth digit of pi.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kingx11



            aaaaaaaaaaaaaah

            you'r sayin' what ps3 super.... huh??

            it's getting reaaaaaaaaally boring


            next what

            ps3 is the cause of gay merrage in asia?? haha
            No PS3 is not super just its processor when used properly is super.
            Last edited by solarenemy; 09-07-2006, 11:33 PM.
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            • #7
              If it runs on Sony batteries maybe it will explode in an equally super fireball. That would make a nice video to upload to the internet. Supposedly the computer would be useful for simulating nuclear explosions, why stop at simulation?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Karis Fra Mauro
                If it runs on Sony batteries maybe it will explode in an equally super fireball. That would make a nice video to upload to the internet. Supposedly the computer would be useful for simulating nuclear explosions, why stop at simulation?
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                • #9
                  i am so saving up for a ps3


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                  • #10
                    Wake me when Cell actually has a purpose other than running a single equation a billion times per second.

                    Otherwise, useless.

                    Hi-ho! Celeron!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Beowulf Lee
                      Yes. We will finally get to know the googleth digit of pi.
                      that number's name is not Google, it's Googol

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googol

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Atachi
                        ....and they again fail at mentioning, that those "256 billion calculations per second" are NOT 256 giga-flops, but a 256 billion maximum of vectoroperations per second. those are not generic operations like on plain integer/word/double/float or whatever basic numbertype!
                        I bet a few people were thinking the same i was.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Atachi
                          that number's name is not Google, it's Googol

                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googol
                          You didn't capitalize "that".

                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalization

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                          • #14
                            THAT!There now how do you like?

                            No big deal, we all know the truth. Its only the chip and not the PS3 that could be famous.
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                            • #15
                              but the root of all evil still lies in Sony, Curses Args~

                              and yea im totally buying 16,000 PS3s taht would be...

                              holy mother of jesus $800000+

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