] ] An ordinary desktop PC outfitted with six PCI cards,
] ] each containing four of the chips, would perform at
] ] about 600 gigaflops (or more than half a teraflop).
] ] At this level of performance, the PC would qualify as one
] ] of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world.
] ] "At 3 watts, you could put it in a PCMCIA card," said
] ] McIntosh-Smith. "With two chips on a PC Card, you can
] ] have 50 gigaflops on a laptop, running off a battery.
] ] That's equivalent to a small Linux cluster on your
] ] notebook."
] Its the FPU from hell!
cool tech. useless for most, but the more computation we can get out of a watt, the better, I say.
[one note though -- the wired author said the earth simulator was 10 TFlop, but he's off by about 3.5 x. From their webpage, the sustained performance of the Earth Simulator is 35.86 Tflop, with a peak of 40. Top500 confirms : http://www.top500.org/list/2003/06/?page ]
RE: Wired News: Turn That PC Into a Supercomputer