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The UK government is buying an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer and iDataplex [PDF] servers, with DDN storage, to use in its Daresbury laboratory. The lab is used for developing software for next-generation supercomputers, presumably the exascale thingies needed for chewing through Really Big Data. The funding and authorisation …

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But will it run Crysis?

Mine is the one with the MPI manual in the pocket

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Yes

But at 100,000 times normal speed; so it will be "game over" as your finger lifts off the key to start the game.

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Re: Yes

quite likely

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... 1,000,000 iPads or ....

about 0.21 % the surface area of Wales - BBC News units of measure

1,000,000 iPads = 44.79084 Sq Km

Wales = 20779 Sq Km

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Re: ... 1,000,000 iPads or ....

Uhm someone slipped a decimal point ? That would be 44.79084 square meters per pad ?

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Difficulty increase?

I guess there's a chance that the difficulty level in BitCoin mining could escalate if some geek / nerd figures out how to get this machine to mine in its spare time!

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The tower

What do you reckon the boffins get up to in that futuristic looking tower at the top of the photo?

I reckon its where they spend all their time dropping slices of toast to see if they land butter side down.

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Re: The tower

I suspect it's for power shower research...

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Re: The tower

IIRC Daresbury is a particle physics laboratory and the tower is part of a Van Der Graf Generator.

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Re: equivalent to 1 million iPads

How many ZX81's is that?

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Worlds most expensive CASE tool?

Just asking.

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probably useful ...

... for reading all those emails so we can catch all them pedos and terrorists.

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1 million iPads, what's that in sheep?

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Don't know in sheep,

but in sheeple: 1,000,000. One per one.

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it's so they can see how many pedos and terrorists visit theregister.co.uk

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@AC 2230h

Coward. Obviously.

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