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Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer 71

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 Anonymous Coward

    Oh, come on now, tell me you didn't take a second look at the pics when you saw that comment subject! How many actually went back and looked to see if one of the cabinets really did say "Xbox"?

  • Bitcoin! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I wonder how many bitcoins you can mine with it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Old many here could remember a time when "imagine a Beowolf cluster of these machines" would have been a "normal" post on /.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That's what I like to see, a computer taking a whole room like in the old days!

    It's too bad that punk 'iVec' had to tag it with graffiti!

  • Art (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Friday August 01, 2014 @07:53AM (#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!

    • The Cray supercomputers use to look really impressive. Blinking Lights, Red Liquid coolant dripping down a glass/plexiglass enclosure. Even the Cray 1 with its round design, with benches made it look really cool.
      Now it is just a bunch of Printed Plastic covers, on a set of square boxes.

      For the cost, you might as well make it look really impressive.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        > For the cost, you might as well make it look really impressive.

        It is precisely because of the cost that they don't make it look really impressive. It used to be that supercomputing was a high margin business and they could afford all the froo-froo. Beowulf killed that. Even when your machine isn't in competition with a cluster, the market is no longer as accepting of froo-froo.

      • You mean gaudy? Because that's what you're describing to me.

  • It's so overpoweringly mighty it can run Dwarf Fortress on a 256x256 embark area at 2 FPS.

  • I remember when computers used to fill an entire football field! Now look at this, the powerhouse of the world, the biggest monstrosity on the scale, coming up at what, 8 racks?
    • Just the biggest in the southern hemisphere. The biggest super computers in the northern half of the world still take up about football field sizes. (

  • by gmhowell ( 26755 ) <> on Friday August 01, 2014 @08:20AM (#47580429) Homepage Journal

    An 'unboxing' is only half of the modern way of reporting on new hardware. The more interesting question in this case is "will it blend?"

  • Half the money is in the custom paint job.

    • by Dins ( 2538550 )
      Now it just needs a cool set of rimz. Maybe some ground effect lighting. Possibly some pneumatics.
  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Friday August 01, 2014 @09:16AM (#47580741) Homepage
    We finally have a candidate system on which we can attempt to run crysis, and what happens? Crytek goes under.
  • Someone at Cray loves them some corn nuts.

  • ...but what on earth has happened to the Unibus???

  • Pictures are cool and all, but there's supercomputer currently at the Australian National University that has been benchmarked at 0.978 PetaFLOPS so saying that this one could be the fastest in the southern hemisphere with up to 1 PetaFLOPS seems a bit like counting your emus before they've hatched.

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