It was more about the “super computer” thingy, that made me say that
One such card doesn’t turn your system into a super computer. And further, they say that four of those server blades would give one enough processing power to qualify as a top 100 super computer, but at which end?
It definitely looks awesome, but a super computer is far more than one or a bunch of Tesla cards / servers.
Many people do not seem to understand that The tesla platfrom does not run x86 code, and the C870 is NOT a CISC processor, and Cuda is a horrible language to write a full-blown program on. It is ok for certain very repetitive and highly parallelized calculations like monte-carlo simulations, but there are many things this $1500 beast can’t do, at least without the developer re-writing the entire code to take advantage of the highly parallel nature of the GPU.
for comparison: a quad core CPU (penryn) currently scores 100GFLOPS.