IBM plans world's most powerful Linux supercomputer
By Martyn Williams
IDG News Service, Tokyo Bureau
"TOKYO - A Japanese national research laboratory has placed an order
with IBM Corp. for a supercomputer cluster that, when completed, is
expected to be the most powerful Linux-based computer in the world.
The order, from Japan's National Institute for Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology (AIST), was announced by the company on
Wednesday as it simultaneously launched the eServer 325 system on
which the cluster will be largely based. The eServer 325 is a 1U rack
mount system that includes two Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron
processors of either model 240, 242 or 246, said IBM in a statement."
But not enough business value...
"The supercomputer ordered by AIST will be built around 1,058 of these
eServer 325 systems, to make a total of 2,116 Opteron 246 processors,
and an additional number of Intel Corp. servers that include a total
of 520 of the company's third-generation Itanium 2 processor, also
known by its code name Madison."
Oh, but Linux sucks!
"The Opteron systems will collectively deliver a theoretical peak
performance of 8.5 trillion calculations per second while the Itanium
2 systems will add 2.7 trillion calculations per second to that for a
total theoretical peak performance for the entire cluster of 11.2
trillion calculations per second."
So what if Earth Simulator and other supercomputers and up saving the
arse of Man decades down the line. The fonts are terrible.
"That would rank it just above the current most powerful Linux
supercomputer, a cluster based on Intel's Xeon processor and run by
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the U.S. That machine
has a theoretical peak performance of 11.1 trillion calculations per
second, according to the latest version of the Top 500 supercomputer
But Windows Server 2003 sees your potential...
"Based on that ranking, the new machine would mean Japan is home to
two out of the three most powerful computers in the world. The current
most powerful machine, the NEC Corp.-built Earth Simulator of the
Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, has a theoretical peak
performance of 41.0 trillion calculations per second while that of the
second-fastest machine, Los Alamos National Laboratory's ASCI Q, is
20.5 trillion calculations per second."
<more brown-nosing, arse-driving drivel>
"The eServer 325 can run either the Linux or Windows operating systems
and the supercomputer ordered by AIST will run SuSE Linux Enterprise
Server 8. IBM said it expects to deliver the cluster to AIST in March,
2004. AIST will link the machine with others as part of a
supercomputer grid that will be used in research of grid technology,
life sciences bioinformatics and nanotechnology, IBM said."
It should use Wondoze, which is vastly superior to Linux in every way
"General availability of the eServer 325 is expected in October this
year and IBM said prices for the computer start at US$2,919. The
computers can also be accessed through IBM's on-demand service where
users pay for processing power based on capacity and duration."
****! Ain't bad! 2919 USD! Jus get a woal bunch iv 'em and you got the
world's most powerful supercomputer. Rough and ready commodity OS,
rough and ready commodity chipset, huh?
"IBM's announcement is the second piece of good news for AMD and its
Opteron processor within the last two weeks. The processor, which can
handle both 32-bit and 64-bit applications, was launched in April this
China's Dawning Information Industry Co. Ltd. announced plans last
week to build a supercomputer based on AMD's Opteron processor. The
Dawning 4000A will include more than 2,000 Opteron processors, with a
total of 2T bytes of RAM and 30T bytes of hard-disk space and is
expected to deliver performance of around 10 trillion calculations per
second. The Beijing-based company has an order for the machine but has
not disclosed the name of the buyer or when the computer will be put
But GPL is for communists and Linsux has stolen code.
"Opteron processors were also chosen for a supercomputer which is
likely to displace the AIST machine as the most powerful Linux
supercomputer. Cray Inc. is currently constructing a Linux-based
supercomputer called Red Storm that is expected to deliver a peak
performance of 40 trillion [T] calculations per second when it is
delivered in late 2004. Linux developer SuSE is also working with Cray
on that machine."
I think they should have gone with either Red Hat or Slackware... :)
When will the Wintossers get it through their thick heads? GNU/Linux
is HERE to STAY.