Friday, December 06, 2013
Moon Express Unveils Breakthrough “MX-1” Commercial Lunar Lander
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Mining in 2015
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Chinese rare earth Hare found on Moon
Actually, Russian's Luna 24 found titanium on Moon and brought it back in 1976.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: The problem ? 15 days of shade each month. Will it survive depends of thermal isolation and heath sources inside.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
RSC Packs a Petaflops of Xeon Phi in a Rack
Like many top-end systems created today, the PetaStream is a hybrid design, and in this case it mixes a modest number of Xeon processors from Intel with a much larger number of Xeon Phi X86 coprocessors to get more than 1 petaflops of aggregate double-precision number-crunching power into a single rack.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Phi SC5120D Coprocessor with 60 cores. 245W TDP
Price at introduction $ 2700+. Cabinet price $ 5M, Overall power 400+ kW
- The co-processor does not support MMX, SSEx and AVX instructions
- The co-processor includes 8 GB of on-board GDDR5 memory with effective speed 5.5 GT/s
- Peak performance is 1,011 GFLOPS for double-precision operations
- The card is passively liquid cooled
- Card with PCI Express 2.0 x 24 card 230pin
COP part number is an OEM/tray co-processor Clock 1053 MHz
SMC means node controller .NVIDIA uses the terms "node"and streaming multiprocessor interchangeably.
Thus Petastream architecture. Note however that this chip remains essentially coprocessor.
Intel's QLogic Infiniband 312G IB EDR for module connections.
Sounds boring. Latest chip version is able in turbo mode 1,33 Tflops at 300W
Entering a new era in computing
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: The age of efficient Multithreading will peak in year 2026
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
IBM hardware sale sharply down after Snowden's leaks
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK:
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
NVIDIA Project Denver-based SoC due in 2015
We don't know how Kayla will be offered as an actual product, but a working example was shown running ray-tracing in real time.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Alas, Volta below might be in delayed in 2017 and even 2018. Packaging problems and signal integrity. Together, they now seem like gremlins race. In a 5 TFlops , 1TB/sec of stacked memory bandwidth machine. 256 Volta cards will deliver over 1 PFlops.
Dream of Petaflops machine from year 1998 will be delivered in a single cabinet air cooled, some 20 years later !
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Norse God from box, literally !
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128 MB L4 eDRAM at Intel
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Optimistic interpretation of Moore's Law Death
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: UV projection sources at 133 nm interfere with SiO2 on wafer bandgap. Thus, industry forced to extend use of 193nm deep UV photolithography