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Why Supercomputing Matters

Nov 30, 2011, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy Newman)

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"Consider Knight's Corner, which Intel showed off at Supercomputing (SC) 11 in Seattle Washington earlier this month. Initially announced in June, Intel unveiled the chip in silicon at the computing show. Although an official general availability date has not yet been set, the chips have made it to silicon and were demoed. A single 22 nm chip delivers 1 teraflop of sustained double-precision performance. That's 1 trillion calculations per second. (If you're looking for a relative sense of size and speed, this infographic offers a clear sense of scale.)

"This is not the first time Intel has delivered a 1 Tflop system. Back in in 1997, it debuted ASCI Red at Sandia national Labs -- 9,298 Pentium 2 Xeon processors in servers spanning 72 cabinets consuming 800 Kw of power. Consider that the power of your workstation (or even your smartphone) is as powerful as your typical supercomputer was 15 years ago."

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