This clearly depends on the workload. For most vector processors
partitioning does not make sense. And dont forget, most of those systems are
pure compute servers used fr scientific computing.
> The output is fed to memory on every clock tick. (most Cray processors have 4
> memory busses for each processor - two for input data, one for output data
> and one for the instruction stream
The fastest Cray on top500.org is T3E1200 on rank _22_, the fastest IBM is
ranked _2_ with a Power3 PRocessor. There are 13 IBM systems before the
first (fastest) Cray system. Of course those GFlops are measured for
parallel problems, but there are a lot out there.
And all those numbers are totally uninteresting for DB or Storage Servers.
Even a SAP SD Benchmark would not be fun on a Cray.
> I have used their systems for the last 12 years, and until the Earth Simulator
> came on line, there was nothing that came close to their throughput for
> weather modeling, finite element analysis, or other large problem types.
thats clearly wrong. http://www.top500.org/lists/lists.php?Y=2002&M=06
There are a lot of Power3 ans Alpha systems before the first cray.
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