Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 15:27 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Asustek has unveiled its first supercomputer, the desktop computer-sized ESC 1000, which uses Nvidia graphics processors to attain speeds up to 1.1 teraflops. Asus's ESC 1000 comes with a 3.33GHz Intel LGA1366 Xeon W3580 microprocessor designed for servers, along with 960 graphics processing cores from Nvidia inside three Tesla c1060 Computing Processors and one Quadro FX5800
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RE[3]: Upper Limit
by Drumhellar on Wed 28th Oct 2009 17:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Upper Limit"
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

64+ cores, 1 hard disk.
64+ cores, 1 ethernet card.
64+ cores, 1 keyboard.

There is only so much parallel processing can help in a serial world.


More appropriately:

64 cores: 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, 1 ethernet card, 3 sound outputs, 3 disks, 2 monitors, 3 bittorrents, and that new game (with separate and multiple threads for physics, sound, graphics, AI, input, network).

Currently, adding cores is easier than ramping up clock speed. Most tasks where performance is key will benefit from multithreading as much, if not more, than simply higher clock speed.

Looking in the task manager, I have 650 threads going, and the only thing I'm doing is cooking a late breakfast. That would be a pain, but luckily I've got multiple heat sources.

It's not a serial world. DOS died a long time ago.

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RE[4]: Upper Limit
by Ed W. Cogburn on Wed 28th Oct 2009 20:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Upper Limit"
Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
2009-07-24

Most tasks where performance is key will benefit from multithreading as much, if not more, than simply higher clock speed.


Only if those tasks can be decomposed into smaller pieces for parallel execution. Some tasks simply don't decompose well.

Looking in the task manager, I have 650 threads going


95% of them are sleeping.

and the only thing I'm doing is cooking a late breakfast


If all 650 of those threads were actually doing something at the same time, you'd be able to cook your breakfast on your CPU, or what was left of it...

It's not a serial world.


Inside your computer, it mostly still is.

DOS died a long time ago.


What does DOS have to do with this?

Besides, believe it or not, its still being used.

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