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Supercomputer interconnect technologies, Opteron & Itanium

Discussion in 'Intel' started by Yousuf Khan, Aug 19, 2003.

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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    This article mentions the various interconnect methods that people are
    trying on some of the fastest supercomputers on the planet:




    Opteron highlights:
    -The Cray Red Storm using 10368 Opterons will consume just 2MW
    compared to the NEC Earth Simulator which uses 8MW. Both are rated at
    40MFLOPs peak.
    -Earth Simulator occupies 3250 sq. m. over 3 floors in Tokyo. Red
    Storm will occupy only 3000 sq. ft. (1 sq. m. approx. = 9 sq. ft.)
    -Cray has created a proprietary link chip called Seastar, which uses a
    Hypertransport link to the Opterons, and uses a PowerPC controller.
    -The Cray system is *not* using the internal SMP capabilities of the
    Opteron though.

    Itanium highlights:
    -Pacific Northwest National Labs building an Itanium 2 supercomputer.
    -Quadrics is supplying its QsNet II to link the Itanium 2's giving an
    aggregrate bandwidth of 2.6GB/s.
    -They estimate that the latency of the QsNet links is lower than with
    -The actual latency bottleneck lies within the PCI-X bus.

    Next generation highlights:
    -one word: silicon nanowires
    Yousuf Khan, Aug 19, 2003
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  2. -The Cray Red Storm using 10368 Opterons will consume just 2MW
    Nope. Teraflops, not Megaflops. 1,000 times more! ;-)
    Felger Carbon, Aug 19, 2003
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    daytripper Guest


    Giga = 1000x Mega
    Tera = 1000x Giga
    Peta = 1000x Tera

    /daytripper (Kazillia = The Great Beyond ;-)
    daytripper, Aug 20, 2003
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    Ian Stirling Guest

    To give some scale, 100THz is around the frequency of red light, 1EHz will
    leak straight out of a wire and through you (x-ray)
    Ian Stirling, Aug 26, 2003
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    Alex Johnson Guest

    If only by virtue of being responsible for the weather with their 7,000
    degree chips. ;)
    Alex Johnson, Aug 29, 2003
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