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    Phoronix: Apple iPad 2 As Fast As The Cray-2 Super Computer

    A university research director has shown that Apple's iPad 2 is as fast as the Cray-2 vector super-computer out of Cray Research from the 1980's. With some work to to the software, the iPad 2 performance benchmark result is quite impressive...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE4NjU

  • #2
    very fascinating article. hah imagine if someone took a bunch of discarded/retired smartphones and made a cluster server out of them to beat out an even greater supercomputer.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
      very fascinating article. hah imagine if someone took a bunch of discarded/retired smartphones and made a cluster server out of them to beat out an even greater supercomputer.
      Nah. Our computing power needs increased quite a lot since then.

      But thats technology. It advances fast.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
        very fascinating article. hah imagine if someone took a bunch of discarded/retired smartphones and made a cluster server out of them to beat out an even greater supercomputer.
        Well, a supercomputer from 30 years ago that is .. xP
        Heck, there's kitchens more powerful from the computer technology that existed then...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
          very fascinating article. hah imagine if someone took a bunch of discarded/retired smartphones and made a cluster server out of them to beat out an even greater supercomputer.
          Not really. The Communication between devices are not for free.

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          • #6
            Thing is, if this were a normal supercomputer they were testing against from back then, I think the iPad would have fared much better. The early Cray supercomputers were designed for very specific workloads and designed accordingly. That being said, they would fare pretty poorly in any more general benchmark.

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            • #7
              This is ancient news

              Top500 and Linpack co-manager Dr. Jack Dongarra already published the iPad 2/Cray-2 equality - back in May 2011, see http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/0...puter-of-yore/ .

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              • #8
                No one care about the iPad. Overpriced piece of shit.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by blackout23 View Post
                  No one care about the iPad. Overpriced piece of shit.
                  But Cray-2's are far more expensive...even a used one

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                  • #10
                    Comon Michael, cut the Apple crap...

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                    • #11
                      The difference:

                      then: CRAY-2 users/operators ---> SuperUsers
                      now Apple Ipad users ---> Faggots

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                      • #12
                        I don't see how promoting the iPad 2 has anything to do with Linux or open-source whatsoever.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by z1lt0id View Post
                          I don't see how promoting the iPad 2 has anything to do with Linux or open-source whatsoever.
                          Is having to do with Linux a requirement? Anyway, the iPad is capable of running open source software. Also, the source code to significant parts of its operating system is available on Apple's website.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ryao View Post
                            Is having to do with Linux a requirement? Anyway, the iPad is capable of running open source software. Also, the source code to significant parts of its operating system is available on Apple's website.
                            And here is what the website is about according to Phoronix.

                            Phoronix Media is the largest Internet media company devoted to enriching the Linux hardware experience and catering its content to Linux gamers and computer enthusiasts.

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                            • #15
                              Stop whinging

                              Come on guys, stop whinging about the article. If you didn't find this interesting then WTF are you reading Phoronix for? Most/lots of us have a smartphone or tablet these days, probably running Android with similar hardware and capabilities.

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