Sunday, February 10th 2008

IBM Announces Grand Plans to Make Master Server for Entire Internet

IBM was never known for making anything small. From some of the very first computers to the PlayStation 3 processor, IBM is one of the largest influences of the tech industry. As if to add to this success, IBM wants to be a host: to the entire internet. The thought is, at first, silly, and then unfathomable. How can one computer, let alone one company, run the entire internet? IBM claims they can pull it off with a heavily modified Blue Gene computer, which they have codenamed "Kittyhawk". The processing power of Kittyhawk would be immense. The software is too complex to explain, and will be left at "Kittyhawk will run the internet as a single application". As far as hardware is concerned, current estimates say that Kittyhawk will need 67.1 million cores and 32PB of memory.Source: DailyTech
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41 Comments on IBM Announces Grand Plans to Make Master Server for Entire Internet

#1
panchoman
Sold my stars!
i think its bluegene and not genie lol.

67.1 million cores.... HOLY ****!!!!!!!!!

how big is that thing gonna be? and how much money?

also i hope this doesn't have negative impacts.. all of our data and porn going to ibm....
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#3
ShadowFold
Wow thats alot of power.. I wonder if you popped a 8800GTS in there if it will max crysis at 1920x1200 lol
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#4
Conti027
by: ShadowFold
Wow thats alot of power.. I wonder if you popped a 8800GTS in there if it will max crysis at 1920x1200 lol
no its one core short of maxing out crysis
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#6
effmaster
LOL The number of cores sounds more easy to make than it would to get 32 PB of memory, in that thing. Personally I think that it will be an accomplishment if they can even make this computer to fit in one room like they did with the worlds first ever computer, lol.
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#7
Rob!
And then one day the power goes out, and the entire Internet is down.
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#8
cool_recep
32 Petabytes of RAM?

Holly mother....Jesus....

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#9
kwchang007
Sorry but what is the point of this? Is it not good enough that the whole internet is spread over multiple servers with multiple redundancies? What happens if this would go down? The internet goes bye-bye? What about bandwidth concerns...that's alot of bandwidth needed. Also, if the whole internet was concentrated in one computer, what happens if someone attacks it? It's kinda pointless imo. The internet's good because it's redundant and spread over a bunch of servers.
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#10
Nicksterr
I seriously doubt they want to control the internet. I can assure you if that was their intention, Microsoft would be the first to say "lolumad?"
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#11
panchoman
Sold my stars!
well you'd only need 500 bluegene /L's.. each of which has 131k cpu's in it.


-4 bluegene /L's
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#12
ktr
How much hard drive space? At least one 1yb ;)
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#13
hat
Maximum Overclocker
I will take over this computer and use it to run unfathomable instances of F@H :nutkick:
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#14
Scrizz
wow, that thing would be a beast
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#15
effmaster
by: panchoman
well you'd only need 500 bluegene /L's.. each of which has 131k cpu's in it.


-4 bluegene /L's
I doubt that that would all fit in a Normal Sized room let alone a Gymnasium. Also the Maintenance to keep up with this beast would be insane.:laugh::laugh::laugh:
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#17
Mussels
Moderprator
so... can this thing run crysis?
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#18
GSG-9
looks kinda big...
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#19

It's a bit of Sci-Fi!
:D
So many cores, and when it is ready what then?
The terrorist need just one peace of earth to vaporize or what? :D
So Grand Plan...
I have a "Grand Plan To" I just wanna ""play"" with my girlfriend 24/7 Yeap
that's My Grand Plan
Anyone has any other "Grand Plans" like IBM and I?
:D:D:D
#20
imperialreign
curious . . .

just how many acres of land will they need to aquire for a center to house this monstrosity?


Wow, though, you could imagine the heat output? They'll be able to save on structural heating costs, for sure!
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#21
candle_86
by: effmaster
LOL The number of cores sounds more easy to make than it would to get 32 PB of memory, in that thing. Personally I think that it will be an accomplishment if they can even make this computer to fit in one room like they did with the worlds first ever computer, lol.
not quite design each CPU to fit a server stack.

you only need 67gb's per core, modern server carry that much anyway, so why not?

I want a SuperPI 1M number though :D
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#22
candle_86
by: imperialreign
curious . . .

just how many acres of land will they need to aquire for a center to house this monstrosity?


Wow, though, you could imagine the heat output? They'll be able to save on structural heating costs, for sure!
yea but i wouldnt want there electricy bill at all, not to mention there AC bill
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#23
Morgoth
SuperPi is single threaded not multie..
i call it waste of money
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Forget processing power and memory, what would be its required network bandwidth? :laugh:

~8EBps? (eight exabytes per second)?
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#25
candle_86
by: Morgoth
SuperPi is single threaded not multie..
i call it waste of money
then explain to me why a dual can smoke a single in superpi?
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