[RC5] Re: rc5-digest V1 #217

Michael Kiaer mikkel at echonyc.com
Wed Jul 8 19:36:17 EDT 1998

I read the same story on WiredNews. 

The distributed.net site proudly say "The Fastest Computer in the World" 
but doesn't give any details (at least I haven't found them). 

For publicity purposes, I think it would be a good idea to elaborate a 
bit on that with some hard numbers. How does it rate against "real" 
supercomputers, e.g. those listed on 

Some of you can probably figure that out from the number of keys being 
crunched daily but I sure can't and neither can any journalist who might 
be writing a story about distributed.net, I am sure. 

Michael Kiaer

>Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 21:55:52 -0500
>From: Pete Krawczyk <petek at mc.net>
>Subject: [RC5] The future of supercomputing?
>G'evening (morning?) all...
>I received this today in my Wired News bulletin:
>- --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>           T O P   S T O R I E S         4:00am 3.Jul.98.PDT
>       TECH. 4:00 am
>           Hobbyists hacking away in basements have long created
>           innovative computers. Now researchers at the Los Alamos
>           National Laboratories have leaped to another level, building
>           a mondo supercomputer with a mini pricetag. By
>           Ilan Greenberg.
>- --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>The "mini" pricetag spoken of is $150,000 - but the processing power
>is in excess of 19 gigaflops.  It uses Linux to harness 70 Digital Alpha 
>533 MHz processors.  Each processor is in actuality a separate computer - 
>just like you'd buy from Digital.  It's connected by fast ethernet switches.
>At the list of supercomputers at http://www.top500.org/top500.list.html,
>the top computer listed is the Intel Red at 1.3 teraflops, which, if 
>memory serves me correctly, is the current processor speed of the whole 
>distributed.net machine according to a post here a bit back.  This 
>computer ranks 315th.
>Maybe we can take an example from this as the solution to multi-processor 
>based distributed computing.
>- -Pete K
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