Our daily billing cycle would be complete before the operator's finger was
off the ENTER key.


On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM, DrFranken <midrange@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

All those cores (each running a linux kernel) are communicating to their
'neighbors' in 6 directions (in 3D) and simultaneously working on a
piece of the same problem. There is no traditional console with Blue
Gene, no USB port, no keyboard and no mouse. It also doesn't have disk
storage! All the programs are sent in over the network and results come
out the same way. The compute nodes are all linked very tightly into a
'lattice' if you will.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis


On 2/28/2013 3:26 PM, Nathan Andelin wrote:
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Colin Parris, Power Systems GM points out that the world's largest,
fastest super computer runs Power nodes. Information Week states:

"The IBM Sequoia supercomputer, installed at the Department of Energy's
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, runs 16.32 petaflops, using 1.6
million compute cores in 96 racks, each roughly the size of a large
refrigerator, Parris said."

Okay, 1.6 million cores; that seems almost unbelievable. What makes it
"one" computer? A single console? Something dispatching work to all compute


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