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* Posts by ToddRundgrensUtopia

90 posts • joined 8 Feb 2017

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EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business

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Re: I'm a little skeptical about this kind of industrial policy...

@ David Lester.

"Historically, since custom Mainframes died, that's always meant using Intel processors."

No quite right. Contemporary with mainframes we had bespoke supers from Cray, CDC, NEC and IBM SP2/3. Post those we had oddities like Thinking Machines, ELIXI and then the first ccNUMA super from Convex, which you can still today as an HP something or other. Then just before we got to Intel based clusters, we had DEC Alpha as the main HPC cluster processor of choice. Once Intel developed the PentiumPRO there was only going to be one $/flop winner and that was x86.

On the stock component side, you can't use Ethernet, due to latency and so the cost is in the interconnect, such as Infiniband, (which is by far the biggest). Earlier high speed low latency interconnects included, SCI and Myrinet.

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@ david Lester. well said. You won't get to Exascale with ARM or Intel based CPUs, you need large numbers of GPGPUs and the last time I looked they were made by Nvidia and AMD!

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Re: We can watch if from the UK

@AC I'm sure plasma physics, (weapons simulation), is a hug e part of most HPC. Most in the UK would be done at AWE on there own cluster and shared memory systems. It's the same in France, (can't remember the facility, but it's off the perpiherique, not far from Orly). Most HPC, (particle physics and bioinformatics are not in my view HPC, but are instead massively parallel), clusters are used for CFD, (e.g. everything we make either holds a gas or liquid or has a gas or liquid moving over it or through it), and various computational chemistry problems, such as density functional theory.

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An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

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Re: White mice or brown mice?

Brown mice is healthier to eat

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Re: Is it legitimate to ask

@JDX

The giraffes laryngeal nerve suggests either natural selection or a crap designer

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@spold

"Can I hang coats in it"

You can if you wish

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: Will they be Fined?

@DavCrav

I'd be very surprised if VW sell fewer diesels in Germany than they do in the USA. VW is part owned by the Government of Lower Saxony, (or something similar), so you are fining yourself.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Minister for Defence Procurement, Guto Bebb

Both Guto and Bebb are welsh!

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Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

Because Webby babe, we were told bad things would happen as soon as we voted to leave. I assume that isn't too difficult for you either?

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Re: Fgs

No, but you see people from Glasgow and Bouremouth buying their petrol locally when it's produced in Pembrokeshire or Merseyside. Your green beans, usually come from Egypt, Spain, Peru or central america, where is the sense in that from your logic? Oh and when we leave those said beans will be CHEAPER to buy as not covered by the CAP, which fucks over third world producers for EU farmers, nice!

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Can anyone explain more about AMD's inter-die fabric? How fast and what are the latencies between each die and between level, 1, 2 and 3 caches?

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Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

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Re: Cashless society

Archtech are you John McDonnel in disguise?

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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

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One law does not trump another, so HMRC is a lawful basis for keeping/processing personal data

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: The odd bridge

Yes but its not 14000 between London, Birmingham and Manchester is it?

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Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat

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I thought the Senate "interrogation" was crap, but this EU parliament fiasco was worse. Don't you think Tanjani is an FB believer?

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An utter waste of time. Thank god we leaving this useful political edifice.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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Re: mystery

Ole Juul,

Yes no one in cabinet with any technical background at all, (not IT), no engineers, physicists, just economists, lawyers and history grads, (oh and May was a pebble counter). The last labour gov' was the same; what hope do we have?

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Re: Be interesting to see who did turn up, would it not?

60million people versus 490million It's not a playground fight John, then again ......

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Re: Microsoft was regularly using Unix by 1982...

Hugo, they owned Xenix, which was a early Lunix port. From memory they never implemented record locking, so it didn't attract that many customers. Nortel in Hemel Hempstead (Northern Telecom in those days) built a 16bit (can't remember the name of Intel's 16bit bus architecture that competed with VersaBus and VME), Xenix system in the early 80s. 16MHz 8086 CPU I seam to recall.

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Industry whispers: Qualcomm mulls Arm server processor exit

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Re: Why should ARM Holdings help?

@Doug,

I think your £5 per server chip is out by a couple of orders of magnitude. For something that competes on power/watt with Intel, they cab charge £500 and be very very competitive with Xeon. Two problems remain however, a) how much does the server motherboard cost and b) where are the applications outside of webservers?

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Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

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Re: And how...

It's possible from the 25th May, yes. One of the basic tenets of the GDPR

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Fucking Brexit

That must be it Malcolm. British music is so piss poor compared to our European and Australian stuff we need special dispensation to enter it. Go name me some european and aussie music artists between 1964 and now and don't you dare mention Men At Work and sodding Vegemite

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Re: Fucking Brexit

I'm scared how many are interested in and maybe even watch Eurovision. Shite after Abba!

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

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Re: Why all the sham theatre?

GDPR This year, in fact this month

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Royal Bank of Scotland decision to axe 160+ branches linked to botched IT gig – Unite

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Re: "not that I'm a member of NatWest or RBS now"

MJB7 that's interesting

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Autonomy ex-CFO Hussain guilty of fraud: He cooked the books amid $11bn HP gobble

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Re: SFO with egg on their faces?

Nope batfink it's the same reason american films always win at the Oscars

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Re: @Rob. D.Whats the issue?

Sunderland about Nissan effectively winding down operations. Utter nonsense. The lay offs are because of a cliff edge, (proper usage), fall in the purchase of diesel engined cars, due to confused government policy and lying German car makers.

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Re: all its very same golden-year grey heads that largely voted for Brexit

£9 Million quid spent by the Cameron government and yet us knuckleheads still voted to leave. You figure it!

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Re: @Rob. D.Whats the issue?

Evidence for "undoubtedly" please

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Re: @Rob. D.Whats the issue?

Voyna i Mor

Impressed that you have worked it all out, when most others assumed a multitude of reasons for leaving, such as: sovereignty, law, immigration, sovereignty, undetected bureaucrats in charge, sovereignty and as we now know some pretty unpleasant EU officials.

So well done, I will now go back to my cave and re-start painting, you ignorant t@@t

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Re: @Rob. D.Whats the issue?

Because the IMF's forecasts are always, oh wait, wrong!

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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Yawn

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HPE donates 3 mini-supercomputers to UK universities boning up on Arm

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Re: The interesting question is did they ask anyone who said no thanks!

I'm afraid they swings dicks in Universities too. They will find space and power it, so they can get their name on the Top500 list. I remember UCL splitting an SMP system between two data centers and wondering why it ran like a dead dog.

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It's a test environment for HPC on ARM. You need to port the applications first, so no pint in spending millions on a massive ARM system when naff will run on it today.

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

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it's called socialism

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Re: Glossing a commercial turd

Didn't they say A330 and maybe A350, nothing about A380?

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How life started on Earth: Sulfur dioxide builds up, volcanoes blow, job done – boffins

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Yep must have been God after all

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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Re: Rule Britannia!

Dr Bore yawn

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: The Swiss are in it

Free of un-elected bureaucrats. That's a starter for me

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Re: The Swiss are in it

No because Brussels is vindictive. More proof we are better out than in.

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Re: Murky water

Proof that young people are thick whilst at University then grow up and vote Tory

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Re: What I don't understand

"targeted propaganda" Tom? Don't fall into the trap it's different

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Re: Help

I can confirm, (and I didn't want to believe it), that Jacob is an unbelievably nice bloke

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Re: OK, that's it!

So who are you suggesting from the Brexit side employed Mt Nix and Co?

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HPE to cut technician jobs as field work outsourced to Unisys

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Re: Three-legged stool, and then more chopping?

3 legs still, but no balls

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

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Re: Why?

A customs union would be the very worst of all possible outcomes for the UK economy in the long term. No way of making trading deals with anyone else and controlled by the slowest growing economy on the planet, the EU. Only a knucklehead aka Corbyn, Soubry or ex bureaucrat with an EU pension, e.g. Mandelson, and all members of the Kinnock gang, could possibly thinks its a winner.

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Europe to spend €1bn on supercomputers and big data infrastructure

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God I hope they do.

This european angle though suggests ARM cores instead of x86......maybe.

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Re: Why?

The large scale machines whether in the UK, HecTor, EU, (Paderborn), or USA research labs are doing fundamental research, in chemistry, material science, CFD, structural analysis and bioscience, which from time to time delivers something useful. They are also used by a few clever academics who have written code good enough to be able to make use of them. In my opinion well worth the investment

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Samsung topples Intel as semiconductor top dog, but lead 'literally built on sand'

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Not unless they buy the only other IA86 licensee, AMD.

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

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Re: Proud?

I think Jonathan Swartz was mainly responsible for destroying Sun. McNeally took it from technical workstation and file server player to enterprise darling when he bought CS64 from Cray, (as it was being bought be SGI) and renamed it the Enterprise 10,000. eBay were one of the early adopters on a grand scale

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