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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • An authentic  /. quote from an earlier thread follows. The subject of the original story was that some site at Alaska had bought a NEC SX-6 vector supercomputer. (Sold as a Cray, but never mind...)

    Unimpressive performance
    They say 8 cpu's, 64 GB ram, 1 TB disk, 64 GFlops peak performance. That hardly sounds like a supercomputer by today's standards. A single processor AMD Athlon is capable of (I think) around 8 peak gigaflops (2 Ghz * 4 SIMD operations using SSE instructions). Similarly the 8 GB of RAM and 125 GB of disk per CPU is in midrange workstation territory. While there's probably a much higher bandwidth memory system than you could get out of an 8-16 node Athlon cluster, it's not clear what problems this Cray unit will really be used for that couldn't as easily be done with a rack full of PC's or workstations.

    So this is the level of technical expertise we are dealing with.