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: Comment by kaiwai
by rom508 on Fri 27th Aug 2010 12:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
rom508
Member since:
2007-04-20

I doubt it, I think it's cheaper, more flexible and makes more sense to use a cluster of small processing nodes, rather than a single large system. I think the reason why there is still a market for large mainframes is due to legacy software that cannot function in a distributed fashion.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Lennie on Fri 27th Aug 2010 13:51 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Actually it's probably the other way around.

The mainframes don't need an interconnect (or it's build in and fast, however you look at it). Thus it would probably be very good at pushing data around.

IBM mainframe sales actually are going up, part of the reason is because people don't want to rely on Sun anymore since it was bought by Oracle.

I hear a mainframe is also very good at running many Linux machines. Uses less power than a cluster of machines and is fully redandant as wel.

Just is not everyone can pay a milion to run a 'few' Linux-servers.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by tylerdurden on Fri 27th Aug 2010 14:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Not, really. The whole point of cloud computing is lack of centralization. Which the mainframe implies.

Mainframes are good for mission critical processing, and IBM has a bit of a monopoly in certain transactional markets.

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refugees
by sPAZbEAT on Sun 29th Aug 2010 09:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
sPAZbEAT Member since:
2009-07-17

"IBM mainframe sales actually are going up, part of the reason is because people don't want to rely on Sun anymore since it was bought by Oracle."

this has nothing to with satanism, does it?

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