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emond



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:55 am    Post subject: Big computer do you ever used . . . Reply with quote

Hello Everybody. Just a quick question for all of you.

What was the big computer do you ever used?

For me is IBM Blue Gene/P :
- 40.960 PowerPC 450 core
- 20 TByte of memory
- 139 Tflops

see it a the 16 position in the http://top500.org/list/2008/11/100 TOP500 List - November 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over telnet it was a cray Y-MP but in the flesh I have only used an Onyx.
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emond



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes !
In the past I also use : Connection Machine, CRAY Y-MP and Many SGI... in Fortan Laughing

And some very interesting prototype with many Transputer... in Occam Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If one could call SETI at home a super computer system than it would be the biggest one I ever used.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emond, you used a Connection Machine? Which particual model? UI have always loved those systems due to the fact that there are so many blinkenlites on them.
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helf



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

um, the best one I've used is our Mac Pro at work. lol...

octo core 3ghz xeon, 16gb ram.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you mean physically biggest, it was probably the PDP-10 they had at the company I worked for during my sandwich year. They switched it on once a year to see if they could still claim to be able to support a customer that was running one in production (this was 1995). They would run it up for 2 days and everyone who was too young to have used one in anger played with it. The older folks didn't enjoy the novelty of a line printer terminal as much Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: 320 core linux cluster Reply with quote

The biggest machine I am using is our research cluster... which is a 40 node (8 cores per node) for 320 cores.
But... my code currently only used 8 cores, and will grow to 32 if we get a bigger license.

On that note... does anyone here use Octave?
or star-P ?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The largest physical machine I myself have gotten to use is my DEC MicroVAX II. Considering it weighs roughly 100 pounds, not counting the VT-220 terminals, it's fairly good sized. Though I do have a dual 8" floppy setup that's nearly as big.

I did have the pleasure of getting an up close and personal look at a Cray YM-P, but have only gotten to telnet into one a couple of times.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pentium wrote:
emond, you used a Connection Machine? Which particual model? UI have always loved those systems due to the fact that there are so many blinkenlites on them.

Yes I use one in past ~1992-1993 in University. The model, I think is a CM-2 or CM-5... I dont not... is old now for me Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:32 pm    Post subject: Sun e10k Reply with quote

a sun e1000... It was tricked out 64cpu with 64gb of ram...

I snuck a quake 1 server onto it... It was cool in that nobody noticed.

it's a shame it hangs off some craptastic 3com 3300 switch so invoking 32 sessions at once was out of the question..
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used MUSIC on an IBM S/390, and I've messed around with a MicroVAX II, but other than that I've been a sheltered child Wink

My dad used to be in the computer science department at Southeast Missouri State University and he shared his office with a defunct PDP-11.
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