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America's Lawrence Livermore nuclear bomb lab has teamed up with open-source computing heavyweights to build the next generation of Linux superclusters, ultimately scaling into the petaflop range. The project has been dubbed "Hyperion". "Hyperion represents a new way of doing business. Collectively we are building a system none …

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French connection

Quote: The project has been dubbed "Hyperion".

No doubt in tribute to the late 70's/early 80s "Ajile Hyperion" Home Computer. Was that French?

Anyone else remember those?

Mine's the anorak.

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"petapenguin"

Love it. Although google thinks I meant "pentapenguin". And gives me a result about a penguin on crack.

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Please please please

Can you ban the first person to say "but will it run..." whichever PC game they think is very processer hungry?

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Floppage grunt

Nice one! Paris because she knows what to do with ... oh never mind

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Bandwidth

Looks like their RAID array is going to reach around 14 kilowrist bandwidth, that is impressive!

Thanks, the one with the extensive speciality DVD list in the pocket...

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@Fragula The Furry

I think this is the computer you allude to, the Dynalogic Hyperion

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=339

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@Paul

But will it run Tetris?

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OMG - He's at it again

Mark Seagar is quite well-known at Livermore for coming up with outrageous ideas and having no clue at all how to make them work. Looking at the specs of this cluster it's pretty clear it's a hodge-podge of "cool ideas" just thrown into a blender and set to puree.

I pity the BOFH's there that will have to suffer another series of long weeks with little sleep trying to make this abomination work while Mark hovers nearby in Seagull Manager mode.

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Re: Please Please Please

But can it run Vista?

see not a game, but crap still ;)

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WoW

Hopefully Blizzard will license this technology and thus resolve the queue problems ...

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@Paul

It still wont run Supreme commander

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So we spend

What's quickly adding up to pocket change[1] when detonating a bomb would be all-but-free? Not to mention the latter would send a message. To who, I don't know. The content, I don't know. I just like sending messages and blowing things up(and powerful computers).

[1]Remember, we're talking government here.

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@Alan

Yep. That's the one. Marketed in Europe as "Ajile Hyperion", by a German.

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@Paul

But will it run Aero?

:-O

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Point of Order

LLN does important research other than designing nukes - though it does do that too.

IIRC, about 8 or ten years ago, Livermore's children and I think also his widow sued the USA gov't to rename the facility to not include his first name. They said in their court brief that the man was not an advocate of nuclear weapons: if it had to have the name Livermore they wanted his first name removed.

LLN does climate modeling also. This is at least as important a topic as nukes and is at least as computationally intensive.

That said, the USA is about as adherent to nuke non-testing treaties as the Russians and both are more so than India, Pakistan and North Korea. Yet it still has several thousand nukes: Reagan and Gorbachev did not completely succeed. Whether the research is on new weapon designs or on understanding the stability of existing designs over time and degradation - would you prefer live tests & radiation or would you prefer computer simulations?

Of course no nukes across the board would be the best, but you gotta play with the hand you have.

I like Lewis' articles a lot but in this case hyperbole got the better of him.

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