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Anyone need a new PC?

For the really serious over-clockers out there: the Australian National University is selling off its old supercomputer - with peak performance of 28.6 GFlops.

On eBay.

Current high bid is AU$12 (though the reserve hasn't been met. You just have to pay the removal and freight charges.

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xsabx
Mar. 12th, 2003 05:03 am (UTC)
Okay...
Explain to me, without making me look *really* dumb, how fast this actually is, coz... I use a PC but the technical stuff... *woosh*. A GFlop sounds like something you do on a skateboard...
sbisson
Mar. 12th, 2003 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Okay...
It's of the order of about 100 times faster than the average PC...
xsabx
Mar. 12th, 2003 05:15 am (UTC)
Re: Okay...
Would this fit in the conservatory, I wonder...?
srallen
Mar. 12th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC)
Dude!

You fit that up with a GeForce4 and a monitor... you could finish playing Tomb Raider LXVII: Where're My Pants? before you even began!!! DUDE!!!!

[yes, I am, of course, kidding...]
natf
Mar. 12th, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
According to a friend:

"Nice kit, but the OS is made of unobtainium, so it's useless."
vicarage
Mar. 13th, 2003 02:55 am (UTC)
Birthday Present
As the auction closes on my birthday, it would make an ideal present, Oh LJ'ers .. And I've even got a few models already ported to it. Perhaps I could set up as a competitor for my soon-to-be former employers.
jiggery_pokery
Mar. 13th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
The amusing thing is that the Playstation 3 may have peak performance of one teraflop, which is about, what, 35 Australian National University supercomputers. We have exceeded the reach of words and started entering the realm of sound effects.

Petaflop supercomputers? So four years ago, dude. Exaflop? Yeah, yeah. The funny thing is that, if you check your list of SI prefixes, then Google for yottaflop, turns out that yottaflop.com was registered and left to fall vacant years ago. My, my. What a long-term play!

OK, if Moore's Law keeps going, maybe only a thirty or forty year play...
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