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ORNL's Newest Petaflop Climate Computer To Come Online For NOAA 66

Posted by timothy
from the why-yes-interior-decoration-is-important dept.
bricko writes with a description of NOAA's Gaea supercomputer, being assembled at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It's some big iron: 1.1 petaflops, based on 16-core Interlagos chips from AMD, and built by Cray. "The system, which is used for climate modeling and resource, also includes two separate Lustre parallel file systems 'that handle data sets that rank among the world's largest,' ORNL said. 'NOAA research partners access the system remotely through speedy wide area connections. Two 10-gigabit (billion bit) lambdas, or optical waves, pass data to NOAA's national research network through peering points at Atlanta and Chicago.'"
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ORNL's Newest Petaflop Climate Computer To Come Online For NOAA

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  • I wonder ... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @02:40PM (#38463236) Homepage Journal

    How much a Petaflop Climate Super Computers contribute to carbon footprint...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 22, 2011 @03:12PM (#38463760)

    I always find it interesting how the Intel Fanbois are constantly taking a dump on AMD for being about 10% slower than Intel chips, yet completely ignoring:

    - that the AMD solutions are typically cheaper
    - that the AMD solutions support parallelism just as well as Intel
    - MOAR CORES FOR UR BUCK (sorry, had to post in a manner that would get the point across)

    I'm waiting for the constant whine to spool up here...I'll have the cheese ready. Why bring this up? Because using chips with more cores per chip in this configuration makes more sense...but I'm waiting for the fanbois to start dropping their whiny-ass bull about how the project shouldn't be using AMD cores.

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