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Comment GPU I/O bandwidth? (Score 3, Informative) 40

Give me a break.

a conventional CPU-based supercomputer doesn't have the necessary I/O bandwidth to do the work.

I work in HPC and the trend is towards heterogeneous architectures ( CPU+accelerators). Moore's law, power requirements and economics are dictating that trend. It's definitely a stretch to claim that you get better I/O bandwidth with GPUs. Even with PCI Gen 3, the effective bandwidth you get per CPU core is greater than that of an 'equivalent' GPU core.

Comment Fallback mode (Score 2) 144

Like many out there, I'm surviving the recent GNOME "upgrades" by running fallback mode which mimics GNOME 2.x. That's the only means to maintain sanity and a semblance of productivity. Going at this rate, keep an eye for a GNOME branded one-button mouse, because right-click is for pussies.

Bitterness To Be Classified As a Mental Illness 511

Some psychiatrists are trying to get excessive bitterness identified as a mental illness named post-traumatic embitterment disorder. Of course this has some people who live perfect little lives, and always get what they want, questioning the new classification. The so called "disorder" is modeled after post-traumatic stress disorder because it too is a response to a trauma that endures. "They feel the world has treated them unfairly. It's one step more complex than anger. They're angry plus helpless," says Dr. Michael Linden, the psychiatrist who put a name to how the world works.

Comment Re:Sad end (Score 1) 906

I use Lustre on the petaflop supercomputer at Oak Ridge and mostly satisfied with the I/O performance even for 64k+ cores. Hence my worry about its future direction. Oracle doesn't have any interest in HPC and hence not sure how they will treat Lustre. I would be very happy to admit if my worries are misplaced.

Inside Factory China 135

blackbearnh writes "While China is attempting to pull its industry up out of mere manufacturing mode, for now the country is the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process? Andrew 'bunnie' Huang has done just that with the Chumby, a new Internet appliance. In an interview with O'Reilly Radar, he talks about the logistical and moral issues involved with manufacturing in China, as well as his take on the consumer's right to hack the hardware they purchase."

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