Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Nov 2009 22:10 UTC
IBM "IBM likes to go on and on about the transaction processing power and I/O bandwidth of its System z mainframes, but now there is a new and much bigger kid on the block. Its name is the Power Systems IH supercomputing node, based on the company's forthcoming Power7 processors and a new homegrown switching system that blends optical and copper interconnects. The Power7 IH node was on display at the SC09 supercomputer trade show last week in Portland, Oregon, and El Reg was on hand to get the scoop from the techies who designed the iron. This server node is the heart of the 20 petaflop 'Blue Waters' supercomputer being installed at the University of Illinois."
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Comment by strim
by strim on Sat 28th Nov 2009 23:18 UTC
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Hurrrr. I wish someone would do a new Power/PowerPC desktop machine.

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RE: Comment by strim
by cerbie on Sun 29th Nov 2009 00:00 in reply to "Comment by strim"
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x86 and x86_64 are faster, more efficient, and offer more overall hardware choices. I could see wanting ARM desktops, but why PPC?

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RE[2]: Comment by strim
by strcpy on Sun 29th Nov 2009 03:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by strim"
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For the heck of it.

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RE[2]: Comment by strim
by darknexus on Sun 29th Nov 2009 05:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by strim"
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Which is why the ppc G4, which was very low-power and efficient, kicked the arse of Intel or AMD in its performance to power consumption ratio? Yes, Core2 and Athlon-64 were faster in terms of raw computing power, but they sucked up a hell of a lot more energy too. I've yet to see an X86 chip that can match the power-to-performance ratio of the ppc, Atom is a joke by comparison.
An ARM desktop might be nice for some uses, especially when Cortex A9 comes around. Current ARM chips, however, seem a bit under-powered for what many people use their desktops to handle. Curent ARM chips would be ideal for netbooks or other small devices. They're powerful enough to handle mobile computing and yet use very little power making battery life amazing.

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