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Glacial Computing and the MPPA - Is HP Taking the Challenge?

Ralph Grothe
Honored Contributor

Glacial Computing and the MPPA - Is HP Taking the Challenge?

Hello my dear admin colleagues,

only by accident came I across the "Annals of Improbable Research" (AIR) while searching the Web for evidence to counter the bold proposition of a poster in another forum, that the Common Human during his lifespan will swallow on average 7.8 flies during his phases of sleep.
What I instead discovered in one of AIRs' issues were unparalleled advances in bleeding edge technology that make CERN's Large Hadron Collider look like a grossly blown up cavemens' pre-enlightened totem to appease the gods of thunder.
Scientists of the real NSCA (i.e. National Center for Subcomputing Applications) made a historic breakthrough in even widening the glaring discrepancy between pretended computing power demands vs. effective usable rational data output by magnitudes in order (sometimes also expressed by the "Enigmatic Residual Rip Off Ratio (ERROR)).
Thus these brave men and women have laid the foundation to a whole new generation of Mildly-Parallel Some-Iron Arrays (MPXA or MPSA) that will cast a shadow on mankind's computational productivity for generations to come, that none of us had even in their wildest dreams ever dared to hope for.
Now I eagerly await the advent of HPs' response with their first MPHPAs on a seemingly infinite market for MPXAs.
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Madness, thy name is system administration
Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: Glacial Computing and the MPPA - Is HP Taking the Challenge?

"The Palm processors are mounted in a rack and networked together using infrared beams.Small mirrors are used to direct the beams from one processor to the next.By neglecting to clean the mirrors,we were able to reduce the transfer rate considerably."

"Optical networks,such as the Mildly-Parallel Palmtop Arrays,face a daunting challenge.They depend on the speed of light,which in combination with its relatively short wavelengths allows for extremely high data transfer rates.Attempts by MPPA researchers to mitigate this issue by placing smoke machines in the room with the MPPA or putting sunglasses over the infrared transmitters resulted in lowering the reliability of the network,but did not significantly alter data transfer rates."

See, I always knew this was all "smoke and mirrors".

That is hilarious, Ralph. Thankyou.


James R. Ferguson
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Glacial Computing and the MPPA - Is HP Taking the Challenge?

Hi Ralph:

"Glcial" could describe some server's response metrics...

You remind me of another important annal --- the JIR :

In an earlier life as a biochemist, there was once an article on how water caused breast cancer in rats. This was about the time when carginogen studies were all the rage :-))

Regards and thanks for sharing!