Linux And Not-Xeon Take The Cake

See Linux Now Runs on All of the Top 500 SupercomputersIn an article about supercomputers and Linux now running rampant over them, I found this nugget:

Of the top two fastest machines. One’s a Xeon and the other’s a Sunway. The Xeon gets 3 Tflops per kW and the Sunway gets 8. There’s a good reason to avoid Intel products, IMHO.

In fact, the Chinese machine is not the “greenest” machine in the list. The Green500 list shows several Xeon machines do better but they are not #1 in performance… so it’s a competitive matter and Intel has no monopoly on performance these days.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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4 Responses to Linux And Not-Xeon Take The Cake

  1. oiaohm says:

    Let’s compare a specialized chip against a multipurpose chip that can run x86 code better than anything else, and declare victory.
    That we don’t know Deaf Spy.
    https://venturebeat.com/2015/09/03/chinas-loongson-makes-a-64-bit-mips-processor-that-can-run-x86-and-arm-code/
    Mips processors made and designed in china have extensions that make x86 emulation perform way better. So china based mips super computer and xeon based supercomputers both can run x86 code we just don’t have a benchmark in pure x86 to work out if xeon is that competitive any more.

    Of course while only used inside China Intel cannot use their x86 patent collection against these mips processors.

    Deaf Spy basically this is you again claiming something you don’t have evidence for. Xeon might run x86 better than everything else. But there is enough different processes these days with extensions to accelerate x86 emulation that we no longer can be sure of that. Of course we living in areas where Intel can use their x86 patent pool are not seeing any of the competing chips.

  2. Deaf Spy says:

    Let’s compare a specialized chip against a multipurpose chip that can run x86 code better than anything else, and declare victory.

    Pathetic.

  3. Grece wrote, “To date, Bob has not purchase any hardware to upgrade Beast.”

    The first incarnation of Beast cost about $1500 and used a single 32-bit core. The next version was AMD64. The third incarnation uses quad-core. ISTR it used Debian mostly. The first one might have used RedHat/K12LTSP. Storage has ramped up. Networking has ramped up. Beast just happens to be big and powerful enough for what I do. There isn’t much need for an upgrade except to reduce power-consumption. That will happen sooner rather than later. It would have happened already if the Cello had come through.

  4. Grece says:

    But not a one iota of Linux desktops in the wild.

    Oh avoid Intel at your own peril!

    Be like Bob, attempt to buy ARM boards and string a terminal server with cheap thin clients, then boast about it for months, with nothing to show for it. To date, Bob has not purchase any hardware to upgrade Beast.

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