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Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer 71

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Bismillah (993337) writes The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Australia has started unboxing and installing its new upgraded 'Magnus' supercomputer, which could become the largest such system in the southern hemisphere, with up to one petaFLOPS performance.
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Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer

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  • by jandersen (462034) on Friday August 01, 2014 @06:39AM (#47580287)

    Not necessarily - the '...FLOPS' refers to FLOating Point Operations Per Second, and the hardware necessary to deal with this might conceivably not have the kind of processing capacity necessary for running DOS or Doom. It's like asking whether an aircraft carrier can sing you child to sleep; lots of power is not always relevant.

  • Art (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Friday August 01, 2014 @06:53AM (#47580335)

    I do like the art. I'm not generally a fan of indigenous art. I grew up with a lot of native american kids and was forced to do tons of it for the pow-wows, school art projects and such. So I've an aversion to it now. It's kind of like growing up Scottish and hating bagpipes now because of it...

    Anyways, what they did for those computers was well done and has a modern flavor. Good job!

  • by fuzznutz (789413) on Friday August 01, 2014 @07:23AM (#47580445)

    Not necessarily - the '...FLOPS' refers to FLOating Point Operations Per Second, and the hardware necessary to deal with this might conceivably not have the kind of processing capacity necessary for running DOS or Doom. It's like asking whether an aircraft carrier can sing you child to sleep; lots of power is not always relevant.

    Good post, but bad analogy since "computers" are expected to run programs. I'd say it's more like asking whether an aircraft carrier can tow a skier. Maybe, but it won't do it well.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra

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