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A new supercomputer has been launched at the University of Portsmouth which scientists hope will answer questions about the origins of the universe.
Reminiscent of Deep Thought, the fictional computer which was designed to find the answer to "life, the universe and everything" in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books by Douglas Adams, the SCIAMA is aimed at finding out how our universe began.
The new supercomputer, which has the power of 1,000 desktop computers, has been installed at the university to receive and process large amounts of astronomical data.
Yeah, not so super for a supercomputer, is it?
Originally posted by seedofchucky
"The new supercomputer, which has the power of 1,000 desktop computers"
Thats it ?
hey don't give the number of FLOPS of the OP supercomputer but I'm guessing maybe a gigaflop.
In June 2008, AMD released ATI Radeon HD4800 series, which are reported to be the first GPUs to achieve one teraFLOP scale. On August 12, 2008 AMD released the ATI Radeon HD 4870X2 graphics card with two Radeon R770 GPUs totaling 2.4 teraFLOPS.
1999 Intel ASCI Red/9632 2.3796 TFLOPS
ASCI Red or ASCI Option Red, was a supercomputer installed at Sandia National Laboratories, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ASCI Red became operational in 1997 and was retired from service in September, 2005. It was the fastest computer on the TOP500 list from June 1997 to June 2000. It was decommissioned in 2006.
The project was a collaboration between Intel Corporation and Sandia Labs. It was built as stage one of the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) by the United States Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration to build a simulator to replace live nuclear weapon detonation following the moratorium on underground testing started by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 and extended by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
It was a mesh-based (38 X 32 X 2) MIMD massively-parallel processing machine initially consisting of 4,510 compute nodes, 1212 gigabytes of total distributed memory and 12.5 terabytes of disk storage. The original incarnation of this machine used Intel Pentium Pro processors, each clocked at 200 MHz. These were later upgraded to Pentium II OverDrive processors. The system was upgraded to a total of 9298 Pentium II OverDrive processors, each clocked at 333 MHz. It consisted of 104 cabinets, taking up about 2500 square feet (230 m²) and required 850 kW of power (not including air conditioning). The system was designed to use commodity mass-market components and to be very scalable.