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Re: Uncle Sam buys 20 teraflops BlueGene super

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____/ Matt on Wednesday 04 February 2009 00:09 : \____

> Sinister Midget wrote:
>> On 2009-02-03, chrisv <chrisv@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> claimed:
>>> nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>>>> "All BlueGene machines run Linux..."
>>> Too bad.  They should put Visduh on it, so we could finally see Visduh
>>> run at a decent rate.
>> Are you sure it has the needed horsepower?
> Actually that is interesting.  I wonder what compilers they use with
> these (Linux) supercomputers.  IME Visual C++ is far better optimized
> than gcc, so it would seem to have an advantage for programs that don't
> do a lot of file access (NTFS is way slow).
> I don't expect Vista's cost is much of a deterrent.  MS would probably
> give them Windows licenses dirt cheap for the prestige of running
> supercomputers.

IBM and Microsoft? Not so likely. Marketing stunts are easier to sell to the
feeble, like Cray.

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