back to article Explicit shots: China's gorgeous flop-tastic Tianhe-2 supercomputer

Some of the feeds and speeds of the Chinese government's Tianhe-2 massively parallel ceepie-phibie supercomputer leaked out in May and then even more came out a week later ahead of the planned big splash at the International Super Computing shindig in Leipzig, Germany. But El Reg has some juicy pics of some of the key components …

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my guess...

...is that its a passive backplane with a couple of specialized (ha ha) boards linking them together.

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Paris Hilton

I wonder whether the performance stats and benchmarks on the Xeon Phi are a bit dodgy, too, like those mobile x86-vs-ARM stats of recently?

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Anybody asked the important question yet?

Will it Blend??

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I want to see...

... more flashing lights...

or it's not a real supercomputer!

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Terminator

How long after switch on before it becomes sentient?

Or alternatively as I have watched the Colossus: The Forbin Project; will it "have a chat" with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum that I have in my loft that I have long thought had aspirations of world domination.

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ORAC

Is it me, or does that chassis look like a relative of ORAC?

Wonder if Avon is consulting on the project.

OK, so I'm a brit sci-fi nerd. Saw the picture and had a nerdgasm!

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Re: ORAC

Given the preponderence of wobbly sets on Blake's Seven, a rather too-well put-together relative of ORAC!

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Mushroom

What's the Mandarin for ...

... let's play Global Thermonuclear War?

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But..

...will it run Crysis ?

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Happy

Re: But..

A story about supercomputers goes live around 10am, and the first 'Will it run Crysis?' comment is not til 19.37?

What is the Reg coming to? 9 hours for a Crysis moment?

I despair of commentards' tardiness on the traditional Crysis comment!

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This is the cutting edge of HPC technology today

What's even more amazing, is that our grandchildren will one day see such components preserved in a museum, and will look upon them as wonderful achievements of an age of unbelievably primitive technology aeons away from what they will be using and dealing with, in a very different world.

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