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We've already covered AMD's upcoming Magny-Cours processor and associated Maranello server platform in some detail, but AMD is apparently wanting to build some buzz around its new hardware. Over at his AMD blog, AMD's director of product marketing John Fruehe recently spilled the beans on a 48-core contest.
The AMD Server team is kicking March off with a new contest. We are seeking your best essays, videos, or blog posts documenting how you might use 48 cores...Tell us what you can do with 48 cores to make the world a better, more interesting place, delivering the top performance or optimizing power. Of course creativity will be awarded, so don’t be afraid to show the fun side of servers...Here’s a tip: playing World of Warcraft faster than anyone is probably not going to get you the good stuff. Think about what you can do to help society, to help others. That will give you an edge.
AMD is giving away four AMD 6174 processors (12 cores each, 2.2GHz operating speed), one Tyan S8812 motherboard featuring four processor sockets and eight DIMMs per socket, and one copy of Windows Server 2008. Total value of the prize package is estimated at $8,189. AMD isn't including any RAM, which is rather unfortunate when you stop to think about the cost of loading even four DIMMs per socket to utilize all four memory channels. RAM would add somewhere between $600-$1200 (at least), but we doubt the winner will quibble over the lack of free memory.


AMD's upcoming Magny-Cours. The rectangle makes it faster.

We can't help but be curious—whether you choose to enter the contest or not, what would you do with 48 processor cores on a single board besides heat half the house? In this case you're allowed to answer "play World of Warcraft faster than anyone else, but since WoW doesn't scale across 48 cores and that motherboard may or may not have a full x16 PCIe slot, we'd suggest looking elsewhere for inspiration.
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acarzt replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 2:47 PM

I would use it to read the news on Hothardware.com lol

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Devhux replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 4:26 PM

That would make a nice Folding@Home rig for sure!

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What would I do with a 48-core computer?

Brag. A lot.


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World Peace! lol and what dev and clem said :P lol.

 

can i enter for someone else in my family? im not 18 :( lol

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acarzt replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 5:48 PM

I dount think I would want to be on the receiving end of that power bill lol

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Hum i wonder how much power would is consume anyways...

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JoelB replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 6:25 PM

I'd try to write some wicked physics engine code, and simulate a really really large game world. It seems to me that a certain amount of physics engines either don't calculate things you can't see, or minimize the accuracy of the simulation for far away things. Imagine a game world where you are on one side of a city, while an NPC on the other side of the city knocks a box off a pile of boxes, and when you come around, the boxes aren't all nicely stacked. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't happening.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 6:27 PM

I could think of many things to use a setup like this, and the 48 cores although free, do not have to be used at once. So I could split them into 4 computers with multi cpu boards if I wanted, or just use 8 when I was on it. I am also in school for network administration so I could definitely use it and the OS to learn. One thing specifically is AMD cool and Quiet if enabled it turns off unneeded cores, so I don't think the power would be used unless running something that used them all.

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:Di just submitted my essay under my dad's name xD

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catech replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 11:03 PM

Having a processor capable of translating any language to english and back again in real time would be cool.

And the next trick is putting it all into star trek sized jewlrey.

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I'm sure an engineering or medical institution will be able to make good use out of this.

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BPH5303 replied on Mon, Mar 15 2010 1:51 AM

with 48 cores id finaly be able to build a mathmatic supper computer to help unravil the secrets of the univers   #1  Unifide convergance #2  why the hell evreyone is so dam obsesed with celebrities Super Angry

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I'd play freecell.

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greyad replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 10:37 PM

That game is very cpu intensive lmao...i'd play solitairy...i would sell the other 3 processor on ebay and keep the 12 core for myself :))..hope it works with only 12 cores...

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Inspector replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 11:18 PM

Dude only 1 game of solitary? gibbersoms rig  runs 2 :P lol. i would run 4 :P beat that! :)

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RyuGTX replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 11:59 PM

As far as what I do on the computer, I do not contribute or better society in any way. If for some strange reason this arrived at my front door, I would give it to someone who could use this power to make the world better.

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 2:47 PM

Personally 48 cores is overkill but if someone can do real good with it then hey, I'd envy that guy for having the most powerful system there is, and for helping the world with it.

 

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Inspector replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 9:29 PM

Well your probably going to have to donate it to HH :) lol jk but who can you donate this too that can really help the world that doesn't already have a even faster super computer? :D

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