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World's most powerful supercomputer goes online (fwd)
From: Jay Sulzberger <jays () panix com>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 12:30:42 -0400 (EDT)



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  Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 18:23:57 +1200
  From: Peter Gutmann <pgut001 () cs auckland ac nz>
  To: cryptography () metzdowd com
  Subject: World's most powerful supercomputer goes online

  This doesn't seem to have received much attention, but the world's most
  powerful supercomputer entered operation recently.  Comprising between 1 and
  10 million CPUs (depending on whose estimates you believe), the Storm botnet
  easily outperforms the currently top-ranked system, BlueGene/L, with a mere
  128K CPU cores.  Using the figures from Valve's online survey,
  http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html, for which the typical machine
  has a 2.3 - 3.3 GHz single core CPU with about 1GB of RAM, the Storm cluster
  has the equivalent of 1-10M (approximately) 2.8 GHz P4s with 1-10 petabytes of
  RAM (BlueGene/L has a paltry 32 terabytes).  In fact this composite system has
  better hardware resources than what's listed at http://www.top500.org for the
  entire world's top 10 supercomputers:

    BlueGene/L: 128K CPUs, 32TB
    Jaguar: 22K CPUs, 46TB
    Red Storm: 26K CPUs, 40TB
    BGW: 40K CPUs, 10TB
    New York Blue: 37K CPUs, 18TB
    ASC Purple: 12K CPUs, 49TB
    eServer Blue Gene: ?
    Abe: 10K CPUs, 10TB
    MareNostrum: 10K CPUs, 20GB
    HLRB-II: 10K CPUs, 39GB

  This may be the first time that a top 10 supercomputer has been controlled not
  by a government or megacorporation but by criminals.  The question remains,
  now that they have the world's most powerful supercomputer system at their
  disposal, what are they going to do with it?  And I wonder what the LINPACK
  rating for Storm is?

  Peter.

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