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Australia’s most powerful super computer unveiled

By Barcham 31 July 2013 23

The ANU have revealed their new super computer and I have some serious tech-envy.

It’s called the Raijin, it’s the most powerful computer in Australia, and I want one.

The nation’s most powerful computer was officially launched today at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at The Australian National University (ANU).

Named after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms, Raijin can perform the same number of calculations in one hour that would take seven billion people armed with calculators 20 years.

The supercomputer is the largest in Australia, and will enable researchers to process vast volumes of data that would otherwise take years to complete, and simply not be possible using desktop computers.

“Advanced computational methods form an increasingly essential component of high-impact research, in many cases underpinning discoveries that cannot be achieved by other means, as well as underpinning the platform with which to sustain innovation at an internationally competitive level,” said Professor Lindsay Botten, Director of the NCI.

Capable of running at 1.2 petaflops (a measure of speed) when performing at its peak, Raijin can complete 170,000 calculations for every human on the face of the Earth, every second.

The computer’s speed enables researchers to run complex models. They might, for example, seek to understand the forces that bind the building blocks of our universe, to ‘supercharge’ the photosynthesis of virtual crops or to understand the dynamics of the world’s oceans and their impact on the climate.

I want one.

I wonder what games they’ve got installed on that bad boy.

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c_c™ 2:44 pm 01 Aug 13

screaming banshee said :

johnboy said :

From talking to people who run these things the size of the computer needed is inversely proportional to the skill of the algorithm writers.

Worth thinking about.

That has always been the case, as computers got more powerful programmers got lazier so the software is less efficient in a computational sense.

I’d be more concerned with all those APC badges over everything they will probably be told that the whole thing will fall over in 4 years time and that they should ‘trade-ups’ to a new (identical) unit

haha, had an APC UPS for a couple of years, boy what a piece of…

I had hoped that was just their consumer gear and their professional data centre stuff was better quality, but judging by your post, I take it that’s not the case.

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