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    Supercomputer anyone?

    Hi all,

    Loved this guy professor Simon Cox - what a bloody boffin - amazing technical knowledge, decided to build a supercomputer using Rasberry Pi's and lego for the casement, marvellous. surely cost a lot less than $1000 [edit] its 32 nodes so probably more like $2500..
    Heres how if you fancy making one yourself

    from another build i saw, its performance is around 10 gigaflops(..?) the first cray supercomputer was less than 2 in 1985
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    This proves how technologically relevant lego is.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogster001 View Post
    from another build i saw, its performance is around 10 gigaflops(..?) the first cray supercomputer was less than 2 in 1985
    A few days ago, it was announced that Cray is installing a 322 petaflop CS300-LC (LC means "liquid cooled) cluster supercomputer at Mississippi State University. A petaflop is a million gigaflop. The cost of that system would be significantly larger than $2500 though. Although it does still demonstrate the applicability of the lego concept
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    A petaflop is a million gigaflop
    processing beyond belief - but they probably said that in 1985 too. It is amazing how the perspective changes, the push of the envelope.
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    Another perspective changer: The modern Intel i7 on many computers processes at around 100 GFLOPS. That's 10x more this raspberry arrangement for a fraction of the price and power usage.

    But as it was hinted before, it's a cute concept he got there.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    yes - its hacker really - In the true sense, the extrapolation, i love it. And i did wonder about comparable performance to 'out of the box' we can buy now. But then, it has to be better making something yourself even close to that.. resourcefully
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