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New benchmarks to gauge supercomputers

updated 05:05 pm EST, Mon December 1, 2003

Supercomputer benchmarking

Just as clusters of inexpensive systems are hitting new milestones in supercomputing -- such as the Virginia Tech Apple G5 cluster -- a group of 20 top researchers has kicked off a program to . The High Productivity Computing Systems aims to deliver benchmarks that measure multiple hardware and software aspects of a computer's overall capabilities. "The goal is to move toward more systems-level design that has an appreciation for software development and execution time," said one senior researcher.




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    benchmarks?

    If they cant win then change the benchmarks.

    Well, try and beat the japanese super computer first before you hoist all the cheap pc gear upon us.

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    big-endian benchmarks

    Couple of statements in that article amused me. One, "low-cost clusters are all the fashion" in particular. Got news for that guy... one low cost cluster does not make a fashion statement. Wait a year. And this one... "The overall rise of clusters, most using Intel-based systems and Infiniband, 'points to a healthy dynamic in the X86 ecosystem moving into the high end. It's commodity microprocessors going right on up to supercomputers,' said Seager of Lawrence Livermore." Wonder why he didn't mention the healthier dynamic -- the PowerPC chips. Does make one a little suspicious about a rewrite of the benchmarks a month after Apple jumped into the game and made 3rd place right outa the gate. (OK, I know, it was VaTech that actually made the leap of faith.) New benchmarks will probably require big-endian code only. Not really but would it surprise you?

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    Windows SC?

    Wonder if these will run Windows Supercomputer Edition?

    THAT will bring a whole new meaning to teraflop!!!

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    RE: big-endian benchmarks

    I agree.

    I think we are definitely at a new stage in the Apple Denial tree. They no longer can say that the processors are better. Or that Apple Computers have never amounted to anything. They now have to find something that they are better at and exaggerate it to make it sound important. It was like megahertz. Who cares how many cylinders your engine has if they are all the diameter of a penny. It's not going to get you anywhere fast.

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    Hoist?

    I think the word you're looking for is "foist."

    1. (verb) to impose (something or someone unwanted) upon another by coercion or trickery 2. (adj.) (Brooklyn) Corresponding to the number one in an ordinal sequence. See "secont," "thoid."

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    RE:big-endian benchmarks

    I hate to break it to you, but the Mac *IS* a big-endian machine. The x86 is little-endian. Requiring big-endian code would help the Mac.

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