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Tim Wickberg
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RPI's BG/Q looking festive.

I've been setting these lights up on a 1-rack BG/L for the past few years, this is the first year for BG/Q.
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RPI's Blue Gene/Q looking festive...
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HPC is a weird game. 

http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-07-12/new_mexico_to_pull_plug_on_encanto_former_top_5_supercomputer.html

That machine, originally $11mil+, and a top10 machine in 2008, is arguably best off scrapped.

Why? Power. 861kW to power it translates to over $1mil/year to power and cool the machine. You could buy a rack of IBM's Blue Gene/Q now, get 30% more performance, and pay for it (and the power and cooling) out of what the operational costs for Encanto would be over the next three years.

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(de)construction continues at Adam Todorski's
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Adam broke his crowbar.
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RPI's SUR Blue Gene/L looking festive.
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