Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 21:20 UTC
Intel More than a decade ago, Intel ran into an issue trying to deliver what was to be the world's top-ranked supercomputer: it looked possible that its new Pentium Pro processors at the heart of the system might not arrive in time. As a result, the chipmaker made an unusual move by paying Hewlett-Packard $100,000 to evaluate building the system using its PA-RISC processors in the machine, said Paul Prince, now Dell's chief technology officer for enterprise products but then Intel's system architect for the supercomputer. Called ASCI Red and housed at Sandia National Laboratories, it was designed to be the first supercomputer to cross the threshold of a trillion math calculations per second.
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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by B12 Simon on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 11:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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There is not just the only one generation of Opterons, you know. Witch one were you benchmarking against.

Whichever generation, similar performance from 70% of the clock speed is impressive.

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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by cb88 on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 14:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
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Not really it is expected considering the design.

I'm betting the power requirements are similar or higher and it probably isn't as overclockable due to the more complex design

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RE[5]: Comment by kaiwai
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 19:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai"
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Uhm... Who would overclock a Server CPU? In servers, reliability is *pretty* important. Gaining a small percentage of speed in the place of reliability doesn't make any sense.

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