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IBM Hydro Cluster Water Cooling  (Source: IBM)
IBM Power 575 performs at 600 GFlops per node

Computer enthusiasts that overclock their CPUs have known for a long time that liquid cooling has the potential to cool the processor better than air cooling. Liquid cooling in the enthusiast space is common and has even given way in the extreme performance categories to much more exotic means of cooling processors.

In the supercomputer realm companies like IBM have traditionally relied on air cooling for the CPUs via air conditioning for the room the supercomputer is in. IBM introduced its latest supercomputer called the Power 575, which is equipped with IBM’s latest Power6 microprocessor. The Power 575 has moved from air cooling to liquid cooling and thanks to the liquid cooling useing water-chilled copper plates located above each processor, the new supercomputer requires 80% fewer air conditioning units.

The significantly reduced need for air conditioning means that the energy needed to cool the data center can be reduced by 40%. IBM researchers say water can be up to 4,000 times more efficient than air cooling for computer systems.

The Power 575 supercomputer has 448 cores per rack and provides over five times the performance of its predecessor and is three times more energy efficient per rack. Each rack features 14 2U nodes each consisting of 32 4.7GHz cores of Power6 and 3.5TB of memory. Each node is capable of 600 GFlops and is three times more efficient in GFlops per kilowatt than the Power5 air-cooled processors.



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RE: The water of life.
By ikkeman on 4/9/2008 4:58:47 PM , Rating: 2
that is, untill the crysis2 is released - we might have to install skyskraper stype AC units on our pc's to get more than 10fps...


RE: The water of life.
By Pirks on 4/9/2008 6:06:03 PM , Rating: 3
Crysis 2 is likely to be released on consoles anyway, Crytek guys are not that stupid to lose the perfect opportunity to make BIG bucks, and the big bucks in gaming are not made on PC these days.

So masher seems to be right here, our desktops will be Mac Mini-like in no time.


RE: The water of life.
By AnnihilatorX on 4/9/2008 8:20:12 PM , Rating: 3
If they do they would probably release in next gen console, not the current gen.

That'd mean another 5-6 years ahead.
Also from ending of Crysis, it seems that the sequel would continue on the story. Hence you can't just release a sequel on console just like that when Crysis is a PC game.
So my bet is it's more likely that Crisis 2 would be on the PC.


RE: The water of life.
By Pirks on 4/9/2008 9:32:27 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at Uncharted and Gears of War 2 art I really doubt there's a need to release Crysis 2 on PC. Financially speaking Crytek could make MUCH more money if they do big blockbuster release of Crysis 2 on Xbox 360 and later port it on PC if there's enough demand and PC is still alive by then.

Look at how big blockbusters like Gears of War and Halo were released - they did big smash hit on Xbox 360, grabbed wads of cash and later picked up the rest of the market money by releasing this stuff on PC in a year or so. This strategy is the most prudent if Crytek wants to maximize profits, so it's likely they'll go this way. Big smash hits on consoles these days are too sweet a bait for a large gaming studio to pass by, you know.

Now, if we look not at evolution of CryEngine 2 (which is Crysis 2) but at next revolution, which would be probably totally different game - this BRAND NEW engine is indeed likely to be done on PC in 5 years or so.

But Crysis 2 as an _evolutionary_ development of Crysis and CryEngine 2 (let's call it CryEngine 2.1)? No way, there's no economical sense to do it on a PC.

PC is good for groundbreaking development work, for true next-next gen stuff, and since current potential of Xbox 360 is far from being exploited to its fullest (again, just look at Gears of War 2 screens to see what I'm talking about) there is no sense to do evolution on PC.

Revolution belongs to PC, evolution belongs to console. Same's true for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. team by the way, they are firing all their cylinders working on Xbox 360 S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel, and they are very wise doing that, 'cause this is the best way to make big bucks on games these days.

They'll switch back to PC in a couple of years, maybe.


RE: The water of life.
By Pandamonium on 4/10/2008 1:22:19 AM , Rating: 2
I can't say much about Gears, but Halo's developing company was bought by MS specifically to make Halo an XBox exclusive. Halo was originally being developed for the PC gaming market before the Bungie acquisition.


RE: The water of life.
By StevoLincolnite on 4/10/2008 3:24:19 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately Crysis will never be release on Consoles.
Reasons are:
- Consoles do not have enough memory to support the large worlds.
- They are busy working on other projects.

However, they could always do a FarCry on us, and sell the rights to another developer to make the game on the consoles, but Crytek itself has been sworn black and blue, that it will never be released on the consoles.

And they actually have made a killing on the game on PC, However in November the sales were not looking all that good at all with only about 87,000 sales, During the game's release it was the second best selling PC game in Japan as well as the best selling game across all platforms in Germany. The game appreciated similar sales throughout Europe. During EAs Q3 2008 Earnings Conference Call it was stated that Crysis had sold over 1 million copies worldwide in the course of about two and a half months.

However, Selling the game is only half the story, a large portion of Cryteks income would actually come from people buying the right to they're engine.

But would Crytek make allot of money by selling it on the consoles? Heck yes.
Will they ever release it on consoles? Simply no.
Would a 3rd party? - Always a possibility, they said that "they" would never release FarCry on the consoles, and this still remains true, however, there was a castrated and botched version of FarCry released on the Xbox, which was not a very good game at all, with sub par graphics. (Especially in the texture department).


RE: The water of life.
By robinthakur on 4/10/2008 5:30:16 AM , Rating: 2
Its a very poorly kept secret within the industry that Crysis is coming to PS3. It might also be coming to 360, but PS3 is the only one I've heard of for now. This is common sense based on how many units Activision sold of Crysis on PC. They need to recoup those costs somehow. While I very much doubt it could compete looks wise with the pc version on high (or very high for those 5 people able to run it respectably) and the worlds will likely be scaled back, I think you'll be surprised for more than one reason ;)


RE: The water of life.
By StevoLincolnite on 4/10/2008 6:37:10 AM , Rating: 2
Crytek won't be releasing it, nor will the game "Crysis" be released on consoles, instead the engine will be used, but over 50% of the game will be changed.


RE: The water of life.
By Pirks on 4/10/2008 7:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
No jumping around and dodging and word shuffling can save your beloved PC game, Stevo. Give up :P


RE: The water of life.
By shiznit on 4/11/2008 3:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
1. EA published Crysis, not Activision.

2. Crysis sold over a million copies already and made a lot of money, and there are no royalties on PC (MS and Sony take like 30% of all revenues). People need to stop focusing only on U.S. NPD numbers, there are other countries in the world even though some of us Americans forget that sometimes. In Europe PC Gaming is HUGE and in countries like Germany or Russia or Sweden it is twice as big as the console market.


RE: The water of life.
By ok630 on 4/13/2008 4:28:43 AM , Rating: 1

Die painfully okay? Prefearbly by getting crushed to death in a garbage compactor, by getting your face cut to ribbons with a pocketknife, your head cracked open with a baseball bat, your stomach sliced open and your entrails spilled out, and your eyeballs ripped out of their sockets. Fucking bitch


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