Showing posts from April, 2007

From 19 hours to 2 minutes

Miha, said my sister. I saw the video, I but I never understood a thing of what you were talking about. I know what iPod does. But what Sun Grid Engine is and what it does?

This post is for her.

Do Bible codes predict the future? Still a controversy, but Jeffrey Satinover writes in this book Cracking the Bible Code :

Washington, D.C. Offices of the National Security Agency. April 1989

Gans was senior cryptologic mathematician with the US Department of Defense... He was not awaiting an analysis churned out by the many Cray supercomputers owned by the agency in abundance. He was waiting for a call from his wife, in which she will read him a number - the end product of a non-stop nineteen-day-long calculation programmed into a modest 386 desktop vlone he kept at home.

I smile. A 19 day long calculation could be done today with AMD or Intel double core single CPU notebook in about a quarter of one day (6 hours).

If this is spectacular, then read this. A grid made out of about 100 nodes with …