SGI 10,000 core concept

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In a bold move, Silicon Graphics has decided to see how much crap many cores they can shove in one box. The Molecule is 10,000 core rackmount machine designed to leverage low cost consumer CPUs like the Intel Atom. It emphasizes high memory bandwidth and throughput between CPUs. While this sort of space efficiency is interesting it’s certainly going to take some serious cooling to get designs like this off the ground.

[via Hacked Gadgets]

Comments

  1. nemo says:

    A couple of those, some giant heat sinks, and you have yourself some awesome high tech radiators. Save on your heating bill and do a huge number of calculations per second.

  2. BigD145 says:

    10,000+ watts saves on a heating bill? I doubt that.

  3. tbjr6 says:

    Maybe you could play Crysis at max settings

  4. dan says:

    i’m sure that some point in the future, fabrication will become cheap enough that you’ll be able to replace that little portable electric fan heater’s element with an array of custom processors, busily computing folding@home calculations in order to provide you with warmth…

  5. Solenoidclock says:

    I can macgyver a 100% efficiency heater with nothing but a clothespin a cup of warm piss, nemo, but the molecule would be slightly less than 100% efficient because of losses in the electromagnetic spectrum. I think SG is counting on the number-crunching power to make it worth the investment.

    Also, that’s clever name they’re using, I hope they stick with that processor.

  6. Edward Nardella says:

    Just put it in a river of oil cooled by 4-5 auto rads with an industrial fan on each, that should do it.

  7. arthur92710 says:

    or they can use the Uber Bong posted a few weeks ago! Btw my bong’s almost finished!

  8. Prophetnoise says:

    What would be great is converting as much of that heat back into some sort of useable energy, instead of dispersing it into the air and wasted… or using even more energy trying to cool the unit.

  9. i think a waterproof bag and 800lbs of ln2 would be enough to cool it

  10. Hirudinea says:

    Just put a sheet of metal on the top, toss on some burgers and you can open “Joe’s Render Farm and Grill”!

  11. KaD says:

    its impossible….its…..OVER 9000!!!

  12. Brtus says:

    Put a griddle on top of it.

    McDondald’s could sell the proc time and cook their burgers for free.

  13. Alcoholic says:

    Too bad the linked article says it doesn’t actually exist, probably owing heavily to the heating problems. Then again, look, I just drew up a 20,000 core system using Q6600s and heavily drawing on 5th dimension! It’s about as relevant as this

  14. nick says:

    wow, i myself would have settled for, i don’t know 10 cores for my computer. imagine the electric bill for running this thing, and the cost for refrigeration of the room it is housed in, and just the cost of the damn thing. it is beautiful in its raw processing power. maybe they built it for vista, lol , just kidding. i think only custom Linux could manage that behemoth.

  15. Mike says:

    @nick

    Is that how many atom processors it takes to run vista decently? :)

  16. Hatecrime69 says:

    Nice in concept, but the atom??? Enough of them together and you might have enough power to almost match an i7…maybe

  17. nick says:

    @mike

    yeah unfortunately, the atom is like a mouse. it clocks in at the fastest at 1.8GHZ. the whole concept is like having 10,000 mice pull a semi truck, yeah it could work…. but there is probably a better way to do it. but really it would take 3 atom processors to match my one athlonx2. even the old Pentium 4 beats the atom. but the atom did achieve one goal of the project, its cheap, real cheap.. $45 per processor. but at a guessed cost of 45,000 that defeats the purpose of cheap.

  18. kenny says:

    Imagine a beowulf cluster of those…

  19. mike says:

    they should max out the cores with the max allowed ghz (3.6 ghz range). that way it would be 10,000×3.6 instead of 1.8. double the speed.

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