PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

Post by dave » Mon, 08 Aug 2005 00:31:07

In a recent Electronics Weekly I saw an article about single silicon
SIMD and MIMD solutions being developed. Also the Japanese are
developing a 10 PFLOP computer.

My question is why? What could YOU do with 10 PFLOPs? (Other than heat a
small city)

PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

Post by Alec Cawle » Mon, 08 Aug 2005 02:28:52

In article <dd2l3r$3pp$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, XXXX@XXXXX.COM says...

Simulations - weather, nuclear weapons, fluid dynamics for many reasons,
particle physics... Everybody who does them would like to do them with
smaller cells for more time and with different initial conditions.

One of the biggest pressures for more computing is chaos theory. You
have to run the simulation several times with slightly different initial
conditions. If the results look similar, you are in a stable area and
the prediction can be believed; if they diverge, the none of them can be

I don't know what the capacity of the Render Farms at Pixar and ILM is,
but there is a market for more of that at there right price.

@lec wley ~randombler


PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

Post by Zigg » Mon, 08 Aug 2005 09:34:36

All sorts of things. From mapping the weather to 'testing' nuclear weaponry
and designing powerplants..

PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

Post by DerekSimmo » Sat, 13 Aug 2005 02:12:36

I have a friend with an application that takes 4 to 5 days to run on a
2 Gb QUAD Zeon running a hacked version of LINUX. The application
identifies cancerous cells in the body.


PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

Post by dave » Sun, 14 Aug 2005 02:22:26

Commercial or open source code? I would like a copy.

PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

Post by DerekSimmo » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 10:35:28

It is proprietary. I have been trying to get the contract for
performance enhancements but they haven't allowed me to see the
source to give an estimate. From past projects I feel confident in
saying I can cut execution time by a to 2/3. But before I put
anything in writing I would like to see the code base.

PFLOP (Petra FLOP) Why?

Post by dave » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 23:37:04

Meanwhile cancer lives on!! Good luck with getting access to that code base.

The algorithms must be public domain, even if somewhat bloated/verbose.

Nme. God Bless.