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AMD processors made their way from Dubi to Iran, only to show up in Iran's most powerful supercomputer

Iran has a supercomputer constructed with 216 AMD processors, and it's got a lot of websites pretty mad. 

The whole thing reads like an advertisement really.  "An enormously powerful supercomputer" proclaims Slashdot. "such advanced U.S. computing technology is a real breach in U.S. sanctions," warns a UPI editor.

It's true that U.S. semiconductors are banned from entering Iranian borders, but I wonder if those editors know the computing power 860 gigaFLOPS really commands in the HPC world.

A total of four PlayStation 3s running Linux have just a hair less computing power than this computer.  A pair of IBM's newest and tiniest BladeCenter QS21 servers would out-compute Iran's new supercomputer without breaking a sweat.

InformationWeek was quick to get a quote on the story: "AMD fully complies with all United States export control laws, and all authorized distributors of AMD products have contractually committed to AMD that they will do the same with respect to their sales and shipments of AMD products ... Any shipment of AMD products to Iran by any authorized distributor of AMD would be a breach of the specific provisions of their contracts with AMD."

Just for comparison, IBM's BlueGene/L, the world's fastest publicly-known supercomputer, runs at a mere 478 teraFLOPs.

Amirkabir University of Technology, owner of the supercomputer, claims the system is for weather forecasting -- incidentally using the MM5 platform developed by the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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By greylica on 12/12/2007 4:02:16 PM , Rating: 1
United states could think twice before entering another war, all over the world people are talking about the recent economical crash over home financing.
Course, Iran have to think about energy too, but Nuclear energy is dangerous to the world, they have to stop it too and try to avoid that energy, but they have a bunch of sand in their territory, sand haves radioative fuel for them , making it very cheaper.
Wind and sun energy can help them too, but without computer help, I doubt they could do efficient systems.
But, for the U.S. economical ecosystem, this position over Iran could lead to a second disaster.
You have a big territory for your nation, ocupying yourselfs with external problems is not as good than to build wind generators to use over petroleum.
This could lead to avoid a new disaster like Irak is.

There is a bunch of energy clean and useful, for you and for them, both of you are doing the wrong path.

It´s just a shared opinion outside the U.S.

By Christopher1 on 12/14/2007 12:21:02 AM , Rating: 1
The US economy is not fake, and neither is the global economy.

I do not know where you got that idea, but there has always been an economy like the one that we have now (though I don't like this economy and would prefer something more communistically-based).

You are right however that inflation has NOT been controlled well at all. If it had been, we would still be paying the prices for goods and services that we paid in the late 1950's now.
We are not doing that, and that shows that inflation, definitely was not controlled well in the slightest.

As to the energy problems and the problems with oil prices.... those are coming from the rampant oil market speculation. If we would do away with that speculation on oil markets and make them take into account things RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW..... the price for gasoline, even taking into account the war in Iraq, would be about $1 dollar a gallon.

By GeorgeOrwell on 12/17/2007 2:43:45 AM , Rating: 1
The global and US economies are based on currency values that are managed by a Central Bank. These currency values are not based on any tangible/real/physical value store.

As the currency of these economies is fake, the economy itself is fake.

It is not to say cars don't get made and sold, but that the currency value of all economic transactions has little, if any, relation to an authentic value model. Just look at the price of cars over time.

Inflation exists as a way of compensating for the Central Bank making more money out of nothing. This is the primary reason that a US dollar buys next to nothing compared to the 1950s.

Incredibly poor decisions are made because money is fake. The banking game will likely result in the death of humankind, all for the sake of some sick people who cannot kick their "love of money" habit. It will not be foreign invaders that destroy this world, but the pathetic creature, full of hubris, that we can "Man".

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