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Supercomputing Hardware

25th TOP500 List Released 274

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the winner-has-a-lottaflops dept.
Chris Vaughan writes "The 25th edition of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers was released today (June 22, 2005) at the 20th International Supercomputing Conference (ISC2005) in Heidelberg Germany. The No. 1 position was again claimed by the previously mentioned BlueGene/L System. At present, IBM and Hewlett-Packard sell the bulk of systems at all performance levels of the TOP500. The U.S is clearly the leading consumer of HPC systems with 294 of the 500 systems installed there (up from 267 six months ago)."
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25th TOP500 List Released

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  • by Dancin_Santa (265275) <> on Wednesday June 22, 2005 @01:29PM (#12882363) Journal
    Despite all this computing power, computers still can't think like humans. They can perform calculations faster, but can't perform optimized heuristics or even form optimized heuristics like humans.

    Computers are pretty dumb. Humans are amazingly smart.
  • Re:Obvious Link? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by spauldo (118058) on Wednesday June 22, 2005 @01:29PM (#12882365)
    POWER != PowerPC.

    PowerPC is _based_ on POWER. The G5 is basically a modified and scaled down POWER 4 chip.

    Apple's got other concerns rather than just raw computing power, and they don't need the features that allow you to have more than 4 or so processors in one system. POWER itself isn't designed for small applications - engineering workstations is about as low end as it gets.

    It does suck though. PPC's a nice platform.
  • Re:surprsing to me (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tenebrious1 (530949) on Wednesday June 22, 2005 @01:50PM (#12882546) Homepage
    What's surprising to me is that Cray used to be synonymous with supercomputers and they now have comparatively few entries.

    Why is that suprising in any way? At one time, Ford was synonymous with cars, but today have news of Ford laying off managers. IBM used to be synonymous with the desktop PC, but with the sale of their laptop division are now completely out of the market. Sony Walkman was synonymous with portable music, but now everyone has an iPod.

    Cray is just another company that had a great product for a while, but couldn't keep innovating and couldn't keep up when the competition joined the market. Nothing at all suprising about it, it happens all the time.

  • Re:surprsing to me (Score:3, Insightful)

    by k98sven (324383) on Wednesday June 22, 2005 @04:23PM (#12884257) Journal
    What's surprising to me is that Cray used to be synonymous with supercomputers and they now have comparatively few entries.

    Cray still makes some of the fastest supercomputers around. They do not, however, make supercomputing clusters, which this list includes.

    So you're comparing rather different things. And it's an important difference since not all computing tasks can be parallelized.

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