[Beowulf] IBM Sequoia

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Wed Feb 4 14:58:27 EST 2009


On Wed, 4 Feb 2009, John Hearns wrote:

> 2009/2/4 Bruno Coutinho <coutinho at dcc.ufmg.br>:
>>>
>> Each compute card could have a octa core processor and some memory chips.
>> Like Blue Gene/P, each node card could have 16 compute cards and each card
>> will be 2U high (but they will put two sideways like older Blue Genes).
>> So they can pack 100 cores in a 1U space without magic! :)
>>
>> But cool this thing will now be easy.
>> Probably they will use something like refrigerated doors (or walls).
>
> Special packaging? Engineering effort and expertise given to cooling a
> system which would otherwise melt?
> Systems cabinets arranged in rings or squares?
> Seymour Cray is laughing out loud on his personal cloud of freon
> vapour right now.

Immersion in liquid nitrogen.

Siting it in the artic ocean (where it can contribute to the plight of
the polar bears by melting their ice).

Recycling its waste heat to warm all of the houses in northern Chicago
in the wintertime.

    rgb

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