Wall Street Computing To The Max

Optimize Magazine takes a look at HPC on Wall Street:
“For all HPC’s advantages, however, its speed and processing power come at a substantial and continually escalating cost in terms of dollars and resources. Over the past few years, Wall Street has taken a brute-force approach to supercomputing, populating data centers with thousands of servers and blade racks. Yet each AMD or Intel chip draws roughly 75 watts. Multiply that by 10,000 chips and you’re soaking up vast amounts of power. What’s more, faster clock cycles produce tremendous heat that must be dissipated. “The more heat they generate, the more cooling they need, so they therefore start driving up power usage,” says John van Uden, senior VP of capital markets and banking technology at Citigroup.” Full Story

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About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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