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Microsoft and Cray Team Up to Deliver the $25k Cray CX1 Supercomputer

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Supercomputer leader Cray Inc. and Microsoft Corporation today introduced the new Cray CX1 supercomputer pre-installed with Windows HPC Server 2008. With U.S. list prices starting at $25,000 to over $60,000, "ease-of-everything" features and the ability to fit into standard office environments and workflows, the new product reflects Microsoft and Cray's shared goal to drive high productivity computing farther into the mainstream in a broad array of markets including financial services, aerospace, automotive, petroleum, life sciences, government, academic and digital media.

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i actaully kinda ant one....though im not going to lie after i pay my card down im goi g to blow a grand or so for TPU's sake and im going to get 3 or GX2's and im going to build a 24/7 folding box for our F@H team i mean honestly we all build these amazing rigs but i already have a 24/7 folding box going for tpu (spare parts) but something that will really make me feel good about everything is building some super fast folding machine that i can didicate soly to tpu F@H i wont even care about the fact that i wont use it as my primary desktop but folding or deseises tomy fav website...awsome
 
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Seeing as how just about all "supercomputers" run a flavor of Unix or Linux, it'll be nice to see something with which to compare standard Window systems against.

I wonder how well it runs Vista... probably not bad, but we'll have to see.
 

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Doesn't look that super, where is it's cape? ;) ;)
 
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i actaully kinda ant one....though im not going to lie after i pay my card down im goi g to blow a grand or so for TPU's sake and im going to get 3 or GX2's and im going to build a 24/7 folding box for our F@H team i mean honestly we all build these amazing rigs but i already have a 24/7 folding box going for tpu (spare parts) but something that will really make me feel good about everything is building some super fast folding machine that i can didicate soly to tpu F@H i wont even care about the fact that i wont use it as my primary desktop but folding or deseises tomy fav website...awsome
:roll::roll::roll::roll:
 

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i fail to see how any of that is funny? perhaps the parts i will be using is unbealivable? well i have a server and a linux box i build dedicated soley for folding for TPU so why not build a better one to help fight diseases that have plagued my entire family?
 
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i fail to see how nay of that is funny? perhaps the parts i will be using is unbealivable? well i have a server and a linux box i build dedicated soley for folding for TPU so why not build a better one to help fight diseases that have plagued my entire family?
Sol~ reading your post with no periods comma's or any punctuation it makes for very entertaining reading thanks
 

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Sol~ reading your post with no periods comma's or any punctuation it makes for very entertaining reading thanks
ya i know i try. but i tought myself how to type. I type incredably fast bealive it or not. However learning to type by myself lead to me skipping over anything that isnt a letter :/
 
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ya i know i try. but i tought myself how to type. I type incredably fast bealive it or not. However learning to type by myself lead to me skipping over anything that isnt a letter :/
I bealive it.
 
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ya i know i try. but i tought myself how to type. I type incredably fast bealive it or not. However learning to type by myself lead to me skipping over anything that isnt a letter :/
Mario Teaches Typing 2. 'Nuff said. :laugh:
 

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Will it play Crysis and Crysis: Warhead maxed out at over 100FPS constant?!?! If so, I want one. Hell I want one anyways. :D
 

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Doesn't say anything about video.
 

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I don't think I can afford even one. F@H? You must be kidding! That would be like 10 WU per day!
 

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more like 32+WU per day if you're using 16 quad xeons
man thats a nuthouse
 
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Check it out, you guys have to configure one:

https://cx1.cray.com/default.asp

With 16 Xeon 3.0GHz cpu's, 128GB ram, only 320x4 HDD, and 4 NVIDIA QuadroFX 5600(2k a peice) its a bigger beast than you think. The gpu's along could hit 30+ Wu's a day.
 
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I configured one for ~97,000. 2 compute nodes, 2 visualization nodes, and 1 storage node (4hdds); and just maxed everything out :rockout:
 
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... for govt contracts only. Would any commercial enterprise really pay that kind of money for performance that can be easily replicated for a fraction of the cost?


Noob webmaster, see picture:
 

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that kind of money for performance that can be easily replicated for a fraction of the cost?
How do you get that performance for a fraction of the cost?
 
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i actaully kinda ant one....though im not going to lie after i pay my card down im goi g to blow a grand or so for TPU's sake and im going to get 3 or GX2's and im going to build a 24/7 folding box for our F@H team i mean honestly we all build these amazing rigs but i already have a 24/7 folding box going for tpu (spare parts) but something that will really make me feel good about everything is building some super fast folding machine that i can didicate soly to tpu F@H i wont even care about the fact that i wont use it as my primary desktop but folding or deseises tomy fav website...awsome

What?
 
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How do you get that performance for a fraction of the cost?
You joking right? Please follow the link and look at the prices of the "components" (nodes and options) https://cx1.cray.com/default.asp. You will recognise a lot of 3rd party equipment there at double the price you might expect. I was truely shocked at the price of each "xeon part" in the system.
 

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You joking right? Please follow the link and look at the prices of the "components" (nodes and options) https://cx1.cray.com/default.asp. You will recognise a lot of 3rd party equipment there at double the price you might expect. I was truely shocked at the price of each "xeon part" in the system.
Yeah, you make a good point.. But there's more to it than performance I guess. Like the "A three-year warranty with next-day, on-site Cray-certified support is standard."-thing.
 
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They charge you $240 for a mouse and keyboard. Think they are skimming off the top a little?

edit: $1,050 for a standard 24'' monitor
 
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They charge you $240 for a mouse and keyboard. Think they are skimming off the top a little?

edit: $1,050 for a standard 24'' monitor
Yeah, I noticed that kb/mouse combo as well. Same model retails on the egg for ~$140.

I don't think the main selling point of this is supposed to cost/performance, it's ease of use. I imagine there's a good market for people that could benefit from HPC but don't have the knowledge or experience to set up their own system, and would rather not hire more employees for the task. They would like the idea of buying an "out-of-the-box" HPC system and having full support for everything. It's the same reason some people buy Dell's and the like even though they know they can build for cheaper; think the PSU failed? they come out and replace the mobo and PSU on the spot the next day (at least in the cases I've seen).