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75% of TOP 500 Supercomputers Now Intel-based

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  1. Polaris573

    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    The just released TOP 500 Supercomputing ranking list verifies that the wide majority of today's systems are based on Intel multi-core processors and able to evaluate and calculate large volumes of data and complex algorithms very rapidly. 375 or 75 percent of the ranked supercomputers are based on Intel processors -- more than ever before. In the year 2000, only four – yes four – systems were based on Intel architecture, illustrating just how rapidly the leading processor architecture for supercomputers has been embraced. Intel's push into quad-core based systems is also well represented. In just over one and a half years since the first quad core processor, more than half (257 systems) now contain four-brained Intel chips.

    Source: Intel
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    This doesn't seem surprising to me at all. The Core2 microarchitecture was an amazing leap forward.
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    Just illustrates the huge movement forward the core2 duos and quad cores have been for Intel and AMD'S poor showing with the Phenom's.
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    I think in the past most super computers were built around IBM processors.
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    indeed it was . . . but we've been starting to see Intel becoming highly complacent like they were back in the day before AMD gave them a kick-in-the-nuts by GoodSwift.

    Back then, Intel was running "recycled & revamped" architecture under the name NetBurst, and TBH, as much as it looked great on paper, it was really a brute force CPU architecture; and Intel milked the crap out of it in their Gigahertz war.

    It wasn't until AMD took the limelight that Intel went back to the drawing board, as they intended to continue the NetBurst architecture for at least a few more CPU families:

    [​IMG]


    But, now that they've reclaimed the king of the hill status, they're beginning to show their complacency again - through their sandbaggin tactics, and the fact that they're milking the crap out of the Core2 architecture now.


    :ohwell:
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    And still are...well the fast ones are.

    Look at the list: http://www.top500.org/

    The top 6 are non intel...they are AMD or IBM or both (both being the fastest supercomputer).

    1) Roadrunner - Opteron and Cell Broadband Engine (PS3 cpu) <--- first to break the petaflop barrier (it peaks out at 1.7 petaflops). It two times faster than second place.
    2) BlueGene/L - PowerPC
    3) Blue Gene/P (Argonne National Laboratory) - PowerPC
    4) Ranger - Opteron
    5) Jaguar - Opteron
    6) JUGENE - PowerPC

    then comes an intel...

    7) Encanto - Xeon
    8) EKA - Xeon
    9) Blue Gene/P (IDRIS) - PowerPC
    10) SGI Altix ICE - Xeon
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    Just realize this. If Intel gets its way, and pushes AMD out of the processor market, new technology will take exponentially longer to come out. Intel will no longer need to try to put out new processors and architecture.

    Last year AMD only had 13% of the processor market. When I recently built my new computer, I could of bought Intel. I knew Intel was better. I knew I'd gimp myself if I got a phenom over any Intel but I bought AMD in hopes that I could help.

    On the other hand, its awesome to see how well Intel has succeeded.
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    TBH, I'm not too surprised at all by it - but, for me, it has to do with growing up around computers . . .

    a decade ago, the majority of CPUs in personal computers were Intel; every now and then you might've run across someone running AMD or IBM, or even a VIA. AMD was the second fastes growing personal computer CPU at the time, though, whereas IBM was headed towards workstations and corporate/industrial use.

    I have to say, though, considering how long AMD has been around compared to Intel's history, AMD have come a very long and respectable way.
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    Good Man. I too a strong supporter of AMD. Just time will tell if they will come back. Last time they tackled a not so big monster and that monster has grown beyond control.
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    Yea, I think that the AMD and ATI merger took too much attention away from working on processor development. Although, seeing the scores for ATIs new cards do show that the merger was sort of a good move. Just hope the AMD half catches up.
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    Give them time . . . they are up against:




    [​IMG]





    I have faith in AMD though; they'll end up surprising us at some point.

    In the meantime, Intel will stay at the top of heap (I wonder, though, how much of their success over the last 8 years has been due to their marketing tactics :ohwell:) . . .



    [BTW, bonus points to whoever gets that reference I just made! :D :toast:]
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    Arg! I've heard this before ... or read it... I just dont know. PM it to me plox.
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    J.R.R.Tolkein? The Hobbit or Lord Of The Rings?
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    75% of super computers use Intel? Amazing, since the FSB scales so badly with many processors.
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    and that pic reference... Shrek?
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    The pic is from The Hobbit
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    smog/smaug the dragon from the hobbit, not lotr there wasnt a dragon in lotr :)
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    They're mostly clusters.
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    I wonder, if they just make a huge motherboard, that holds like 100x new "video" cards... chain a bunch of them together... 800 stream processors each... hehe.

    Anybody ever hear anything about the "neural network" computers or "creativity machines"? computers that pretty much mimic the way the brain works.... pretty neat stuff. One day, when we die, we will all live forever in cyber heaven, and I will be your god, MUA HAHAHAHA.
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    alot of interesting info. I didnt know AMD was in the top 6 of the super computers.

    and as its been said by Wile E and others, it goes to show how revolutionary the Core2 architecture really was.
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    too bad the strongest supercomputers are composed of amd opertons, cells and ppc processors
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    ROFL look at the yellow box. They want to go prescott all the way to nehalem. :roll:
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    I remember those willamette,s they were HORRIBLE, P3's were faster than themand they were horrible overclockers

    massive waste o money at the time, unbelievable failures

    but those northwoods were some very good overclockers against amd's bartons
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    For a total NUTKICK to Intel, you can look at the statistics another way:

    Intel is the main processor "in" 75% of the top 500 supercomputers.
    But it represents only 39% of the PROCESSORS in use.
    And represents only 50% of the supercomputing POWER as represented by Rmax.

    Statistics. Dangerous things.

    The POWER LIST is represented by "Rmax share / Processor share" and shown in green in the table below:

    PowerPC450
    Opteron Quad Core
    PowerXCell 8i

    These are the 3 most powerful processors in the top 500. And they aint intel.

    [​IMG]
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    i 100 % dont care.. i have always built amd.. my first intel machine since the 086 286 386 486 days was a laptop...and it does scream.. (9k in 3d06)
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    9k in 3d06 is NOTHING to brag about.

    I have 11k3 with an Intel AGP system. :nutkick:

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