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THE MATRIX SUCKS BUT THE GRID ROCKS - NOVEMBER 17, 2003

 

I watched Matrix Revolutions last night. I have already forgotten about it. There was nothing about it worth remembering. By the time the movie ended I wasn't very sure who was more disinterested in the whole Matrix affair, myself or Morpheus or Neo?

 

There was nothing in the movie worth creating this third part. No creative concept, no interesting stunts, no appealing graphics. The special effects were the same old and terribly overused. However, the APU's in action looked really impressive.

 

I was also impressed by The Oracle's three-point-strategy of dodging questions. To any question put forth, reply as follows.

 

First - Do you really want to know the answer?

Second - You already know the answer?

Third - I don't know the answer!

Optionally - Use phrases like "I hope so", take another puff, offer a cookie ...

 

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Virginia Tech's home grown supercomputer is ranked third in the list of the most powerful machines in the world. VT's X, designed to achieve a target speed of 10 teraflops (thus the name, X), logged 10.28 teraflops to get in behind the very famous Earth Simulator and ASCI Q on this list compiled by the ORNL.

 

X is a grid of 1,150 dual processor Power Mac G5 machines. Each processor has two floating point units. The theoretical maximum that X can attain, 17 teraflops, is a real whopper considering the meager project cost of only $5.2 million.

 

X, which was also know as the Big MAC during its development, was put together by VT's Dr. Srinidhi Varadarajan and his team of faculty, staff and students. 

 

Both X and Dr. Varadarajan have been widely covered in the press in the last few weeks. 

 

:: Virginia Tech's report

:: Times of India's report

:: BBC's coverage

 

I remember how I used to read through  The Hindu's Science and Technology section and carefully scan through Discovery channel's news and documentaries to catch one mention of Virginia Tech. In spite of being a very highly ranked research university, I hardly ever came across VT's name in the Indian media. That has totally changed now.

 

Disclamer: I am not involved with the Terascale group. I am a student at VT's College of Engineering and have attended a couple of Dr. Varadarajan's lectures.

 

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What you see in today's picture is a macro shot of a dry leaf held against bright sunlight.

 

 

 

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