IBM Reveals Jaw-Dropping Power7 System Specs

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JohnP

 The Itanium processor is used in a similar manner and indeed the heatsink looks a lot like the one I remember on the Intel/HP chip. These bad boys are for server farms and parallel processing tasks (none of which would do us any good).

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LatiosXT

Last I heard, you could only do generic number crunching on a GPU. I don't think you could virtualize an entire machine on a GPU.

 So if you want to do number crunching, sure, you could get a GPU. If you want to host a bunch of clients, you're going to need one of these (or something equivalent).

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QuakindudeMod

I don't understand why when these companies need huge amounts of stream computing done, they aren't adapting Nvidia or ATI GPU's to the task. Surely it woul dbe cheaper to adapt these GPU's rather than building their own, specialized processors for it and the GPU would probably do a better job of it.

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QUINTIX256

I'll take a cypress instead. It has 2.154 billion transistors, and it pairs up quite nicely with a co-processor quite capable of running Windows.

Not to mention that one could be bought for as little as $400.

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RtDK

O.O

That's a lot of power. Just think! In ten years, that kind of processor will be commonplace in most home PC's ... only, y'know, it'd play nice with Windows.  =P

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leetNightshade

Hah, I think in ten years we'll be way past that.  Intel is already releasing a consumer 6 core chip, capable of 12 processing threads.  Intel has been doing research on a 48 core chip.  So I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say we'll be beyond that in ten years based on the rate of CPU improvements.  

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JoeCobra

Should be MB not GB for the embedded DRAM?

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praetor_alpha

"8GB of embedded DRAM per core."

nice.....

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Neufeldt2002

To bad it can't "run" Windows, imagine the fun one could have with it.

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Alperian

It reminds me of reading a similar article about the DEC Alpha workstation in 1992. I wonder what will be coming along in 2028.

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van_helblaze

but can it play Crysis 2?

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Hmm, maybe we can convince the district to let us buy one of these to replace are current server.

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whitneymr

Sounds like you'll need to port Crysis to linux to find out.

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dankers

you beat me to it

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