Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 23:24 UTC
IBM At the Hot Chips 2010 conference, IBM announced their upcoming z196 CPU, which is really, really fast. How fast? Fastest chip in the world fast. Intended for Z-series mainframe computers, the Z196 has a clock speed of 5.2GHz. Measuring just 512 square millimeters, the Z196 is fabricated on 45nm PD SOI technology, and on its surface contains almost one and a half billion transistors. My... Processor is bigger than yours.
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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by JAlexoid on Sun 29th Aug 2010 23:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
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Actually Cloud Computing does not imply how H/W is designed(centralized or otherwise). Cloud Computing implies that resources are virtual and can exist anywhere.
And Mainframes(especially System Z) are very well prepared for that... System Z and it's predecessors had virtualization built into them for decades...

You put in 2 System Z's(second one for geographic redundancy), connect them together and if one fails, the other can pick up the load as if nothing happened....

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