Fujitsu Releases 128 GigaFLOP "Venus" Processor for Supercomputers

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Skillz_n_Magic

"....it could see use in pharmaceutical research, astronomy, weather prediction, scientific researching"

 But then we thought.. Hey! Let's use it for games!

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MAXPCreader07

But can it fold?

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darkliquids

i swear to god the japanese have mechas ready for full world overtake, and if they'll lose they will send reinforcements from their military base on the moon

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Digital-Storm

Too bad its Gigantic. This will lead to less chips per waffer, which will in turn, increase the cost by aproxxamatly 9001%. Its over 9000! Percent.

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EarthBoundMisfit

Registered Linux User #404122 Microsoft has encountered a critical system error and must now shut down. Better get Bill Gate$ on the phone for this one.......

who cares if its RISC or not? Its half as fast as a processor thats been out for years now.

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Blaze589

It's a RISC chip so it doesn't bode well for multimedia applications or gaming for that matter.

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Defiant

"128 billion computations per second" - Would that not make it 128 GHz? I'll take a socket 1366 version please!! 

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AndyYankee17

no, there is (virtually) no correlation between FLOPS (floating point operations per second) and the clock speed, it's essentially like relating engine RPM to horsepower, yeah they're sorta related but not really comparable. just ask all the 3.8 GHz P4 owners

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EarthBoundMisfit

Registered Linux User #404122 Microsoft has encountered a critical system error and must now shut down. Better get Bill Gate$ on the phone for this one.......

ok...good job.
You just made a processor thats HALF as fast as IBM, Sony, and Toshiba's Cell Processor...
I pulled this bit from
http://www.blachford.info/computer/Cell/Cell1_v2.html
"An individual Cell is one hell of a powerful processor, they have a theoretical computing capability of 256 GFLOPS (Billion Floating Point Operations per Second) [GFLOPS] at 4GHz. In the computing world quoted figures (bandwidth, processing, throughput) are often theoretical maximums and rarely if ever met in real life. Cell may be unusual in that given the right type of problem they may actually be able to get close to their maximum computational figure."

Glenn Condrey

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Kaasiim

I could very easily be mistaken, but last I heard, nobody used the cell processor.
not even the playstation 3, oh yeah, its in there, but so is a nvidia chip and I heard that all of the games for the ps3 are designed to run on the nvidia chip.  Which was also "one" of the reasons why most of the games werent that impressive.

However, its been a while since i did any homework on console tech, so things may have changed and I just didnt notice.

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almax

"Apparently it will take several years for Fujitsu to come up with practical applications...." 

I picture some guys in the design phase of this project thinking,

"You know, if we completely set aside any concerns of practical use. We can get this thing up to 128 GigaFlops"

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