[Pw_forum] If some geek wants some fun: pwscf on cell.

Antonio Suriano suriano at sissa.it
Sun Nov 26 03:14:54 CET 2006

IBM has developed a new fast parallel processor called Cell with 8 cores.
This processor is specialized in operations on vectors and matrices and 
it is piloted by an evolution of PPC.

Some people can run Linux on this kind of machines (Yellow DOG Linux).
I think it will be very interesting if some computer geek would find an 
hack to run PWSCF on this kind of machines.

Actually there is this supercomputer that has a fast evolution of G5 as 
core unit + an 8 core
CELL for fast vectorial operations + 2 very fast floating points unit id 
est 11 overall processor
It has 20 gigabytes hard disk and 512 mega ram (256 for the core and 256 
for the floating point vectorial units) that runs at the same speed of 
the processors+ a dvd player.

This supercomputer has an overall performance in floating point of 1.8 

This supercomputer  costs only 599 euros, it is developed by Sony  and 
its name is Playstation 3.

It is not a joke, some people are doing protein stuff only using the 
free processor time of machines running videogames meanwhile:

Chiacchiera con i tuoi amici in tempo reale! 

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