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Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has revealed basic information about an upgrade to its 'Magnus' supercomputer. The upgrade will see Magnus transmogrify into a Cray XC30 supercomputer with over 35,000 cores. Intel's future Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 will be pressed into service to give Magnus its upgrade and take it …

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"have clock speeds 100Mhz-200Mhz faster than current generation Xeons"

Wow, that's less than 10% - not exactly exciting. I suspect the other little extras in the silicon will be far more interesting. If you need more cycles, add more processors/cores and let's face it you will have problems that can be broken into separate work units already if you are buying this thing.

Getting excited about clock speeds is sooooo 1990s. Get with it daddyo. Mind you so is willy waving about your core count.

Come on - what about telling us about the sort of work loads this beast will deal with.

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Jon

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WTF?

A 10% increase over a few thousand processors it not exactly a small jump.

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The clue is in the article

>>Come on - what about telling us about the sort of work loads this beast will deal with.

"Magnus spends most of its time on radio astronomy and geoscience problems"

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Re: The clue is in the article

...like, of course, the "radio astronomy" and "geoscience" issues the Australian SIGINT service faces as part of the Five Eyes, chipping in for helping the NSA-led UKUSA Agreement workload...

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Deep thought?

Did it compute the existence of rice pudding and income tax before its data banks were connected?

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