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Dave_HH Posted: Sat, Mar 1 2008 11:31 AM

Man certainly has done some amazing things pushing the boundarys of technology but what really gets our groove on here at HH is marveling at might and muscle of human achievement in computing technologies.  Take for example, the 7th fastest super computer structure in the world, Tera-10, that is commissioned for service by France's Atomic Energy Commission.  Built on 544 Bull NovaScale servers, each featuring eight dual-core Intel Itanium processors and offering 42.9 Teraflops in performance, they better be putting it to use solving energy problems because running the thing definitely has light-dimming ramifications. 

On the other hand, get a load of this.  Little ol' Tera-10 doesn't hold a candle to what big, bad Blue Gene/L can do with its 65,536 IBM Cell processors cranking out 360 Teraflops of Super-Crunch.  Check it out...


 Blue Gene/L - Lawrence Livermore Labs
No gerbils, just half a rat brain...


"Recently, Blue Gene/L was in the news when scientists ran a cortical simulator as complex as half of a mouse brain which is thought to have about eight million neurons with each one having up to 8,000 connections with other nerve fibers. When not mimicking half of a rodent’s brain, Blue Gene/L is being used mainly to simulate biochemical processes involving proteins..."

Yeah baby, now that's progress.  Just think, with a couple of die shrinks on the Cell architecture and a few more compute nodes thrown in, someday we'll be able to mimick an entire rat brain.  And you know, rat brain simulation is big business man, big biz.




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Kamrooz replied on Sat, Mar 1 2008 11:35 AM

lol...the last sentences gave me a chuckle =P. I'd easily take on cell processor system in the form of ps3 ^_^....they are folding monsters. =D. 

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I love things like this. Shows how complex the universe is and is the reason I dont believe in Evolution. Our best super computer can mimic half a rat brain.

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Lev_Astov replied on Sun, Mar 2 2008 12:54 PM
Oh yeah! Evolution or no, there's no way 'nature' could come up with something as complex as the brain. It's very exciting to see that we're finally beginning to work on understanding how brains work. I didn't know the project was this far along, though. Good progress!

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Interesting.

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 You do know that Rats with a whole brain can't controll their urination and defication.  I wonder if they gotta clean up little computer terds and puddles?

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wolf2009 replied on Fri, Mar 7 2008 12:46 PM

makes me wonder how many teraflops will be requires to mimic human brain .

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frg1 replied on Fri, Mar 7 2008 2:40 PM

no need to worry about the matrix happening anytime soon 

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Only half a rat brain?  Nature is still so more advanced than technology.

Though I do find part of the news troubling, since I are afeared of AI.  Terminator, Matrix, when will it truly happen?  Head for the hills!

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 thats simply amazing.  just throw a couple thousand more processors in that badboy and start folding!

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 simple mice...lol

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Kamrooz replied on Fri, Mar 7 2008 6:48 PM

Covert_One24:

 thats simply amazing.  just throw a couple thousand more processors in that badboy and start folding!

 

Nothing like 1 wu a second =D....rofl..

Seriosuly though, I wonder how many wu's it'd be able to finish in a second...lol..

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ice_73 replied on Sat, Mar 8 2008 11:06 PM

 one step closer to ai. intresting note is taht a desktop computer now si faster than the cray-2 :-p and that was a supercomputer lol. 

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Kamrooz:

Covert_One24:

 thats simply amazing.  just throw a couple thousand more processors in that badboy and start folding!

 

Nothing like 1 wu a second =D....rofl..

Seriosuly though, I wonder how many wu's it'd be able to finish in a second...lol..

 

 

im going to guess at around 1 billionkillionmilliontrillion and second Stick out tongueStick out tongue 

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deathman replied on Mon, Mar 10 2008 11:15 AM

It be arouund 18,000 times faster than a PC if not mistaken.  Thought the PC's where good for roughly 20GFlops.  Give or take a few.

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That's the largest computer ever and I'm not speaking about size. So all this technology and they can only simulate HALF of a mouse's brain?
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nECrO1967 replied on Wed, Jul 30 2008 6:39 PM

Half a rat brain? So when will they be able simulate a whole lawyer.... err, I mean rat? :) Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

Seriously though, if you consider how far super computers have come in 20 short years, you wonder how much can be solved and understood in another 20 years.

Also, this gives you a perspective on how complex the protein folding project really is. All the teraflops in the scientific community and they still need millions of PC's, Xboxs and PS3s to help. (btw, I have folding@home up and running. Doing my own little part. Team 32407 FTW!)

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