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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 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.


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