Cray Upgrades "Kraken" Supercomputer with Six-Core AMD Opteron Processors

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  1. Fish_Munger

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    My computer feels like an abacus compared to this Kraken of a beast..
     
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    Odd that the tech is not wearing gloves of any kind. What if he just ate some greasy chips or something? Wouldnt natural oils, sweat etc be bad??
    What about anti-static wrist things?
     
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    He's job is really no different to a local pc shop techie. :)
     
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    Odd? Not really. I'll bet that you don't get a job working there if you're a filthy slob who doesn't wash their hands, and you shouldn't be eating in there to start with. Sweat won't be a problem, because server rooms are powerfully airconditioned.
     
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    static is also a joke, if you dont know how to balance charge then i dont think you be in that job.
     
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    the floor would be made/covered in anti-static material anway
     
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    drooooollllllll
     
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    thats awesome i want one.
     
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    (1) If you haven't notice the uniform; This is a Cray employee. He is a paid professional that follows policy and guidelines. Not your local computer enthusiast.

    In a supercomputing environment, no one eats in the same room as the multi-million dollar supercomputer...Unless you enjoy being disciplined or fired; You must have clean and dry hands before you are allowed in the room.

    (2) The room is cooled by a computer controlled air conditioning system. Just like any other supercomputer implementation. You aren't going to sweat in such a room.

    (3) Notice the large anti-static mats on his workspace? Look carefully at the light-grey mat he put the server on. You can clearly see they are grounded.

    Unlike the general computer population, supercomputing isn't for self entertainment. This is a computational tool. Serious money is put into these things.

    Kraken is a Cray XT5-HE (Opteron 6-core 2.6 GHz) solution. It is the eighth fastest supercomputer in the world; consisting of 9,408 compute nodes.

    Each node has Two 2.6 GHz six-core AMD Opteron 2435 "Istanbul" processors (12 cores total) and 16 GB of RAM.

    The 2nd fastest in the world is Jaguar; also a Cray XT5-HE (Opteron 6-core 2.6 GHz) solution...But it is much bigger with 18,688 compute nodes! :eek:

    And before anyone jokes "Can it run Crysis?"...The answer is no. They are Linux-powered. Just like 90% of the world's supercomputers.

    The only downside to the Cray XT5-HE is that it doesn't support a future upgrade path to Opteron 62xx (Bulldozer). It uses the older Socket F format.
     
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    It did occur to me that with Magny-Cours in an 8 socket config they'd be able to cram 96 cores per RU, which is is an impressive density.
     
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    Yer its a amazing beast i wonder what programs they run on it :tongue:
     
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    ^^
    Massive simulations of things like earthquakes on the San Andreas fault, or 64 billion dark matter particles interacting with each other. It makes the 48 core bioinformatics workstation I built for our department seem a bit anaemic.
     
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    dark matter whooo hooooo crazy stuff! :leet::leet::leet:.Microsoft Windows 8 development simulation haaaaaa
     
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    I can't believe that FOLDING has not been mentioned!!

    Someone should calculate, if the Cray joined the ocau team for just 30 minutes, how far ahead that would put us!!!
     
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    There is still an upgrade path for them, with 12 core 617x series etc. Hopefully AMD might release some faster speed grades. So there is the capability to double the performance of either system with double the cores at same or slightly slower clocks. I don't know if thats viable for them in terms of $'s.

    Is there no socket F compatable bulldozer ?
     
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    Nope.

    Socket C32
    = Single or dual CPU socket systems.
    = 6-core and 8-core Bulldozer.

    Socket G34
    = Up to four CPU socket systems.
    = 8-core, 12-core, and 16-core Bulldozer.

    There won't be 8 CPU socket systems like the current Socket F. Mainly because the demand for anything greater than four CPU sockets is shrinking. (As the cores per processor increase over time.)

    Socket G34 itself will be replaced by a new socket in 2012. This new socket is said to able to handle up to 20-core Bulldozer processors.
     
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    WTF 20 cores? wow :leet:
     
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    imagine a beowulf cluster of..... :p
     
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    and the laptop he is using to program the boards are Dell brand :)
     

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