Supercomputer eats more power than small city
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Supercomputer eats more power than small city

A big thank-you to Adam Daniel who alerted us to The Register's guest appearance the New York Times, our second favourite NY paper. This fleeting glimpse can be caught in a piece about trade-offs between heat and power in supercomputer design, courtesy of our ground-breaking article How to fry an egg using an Athlon XP1500+. (Everything to do with heat, nothing to do with supercomputers. But you can see where the NYT is coming from.)

The way semiconductor design is going, CPUs will have a greater heat density than nuclear reactors by 2015. This calculation, a side-effect of the world-famous Moore's Law, is known, to us anyway, as the Gelsinger co-efficient. Chipmakers and their suppliers are developing new materials, shrinking the die size and investing in sundry manufacturing techniques to address this hot issue.