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Brent J. Craig
09-16-2008, 05:30 PM
How fast do you think this baby would render 4K?

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/images/2008/09/16/cx1_photo.jpg
Cray CX1 Wintel machine, starting at $25K. Available on Amazon!

Check it out:
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/impulse-buyers.html

Gunleik Groven
09-16-2008, 05:50 PM
I think this looks like a nice scratch box. especially with 8 quadro cards... :)

David Birdy
09-16-2008, 05:58 PM
Nice ...very Nice....can I take it for a spin around the post house?

Dave

Jason Ing
09-16-2008, 06:06 PM
Nice ...very Nice....can I take it for a spin around the post house?

Dave


Be careful, as you can clearly see, it has no seat belts.

Wayne D
09-16-2008, 06:08 PM
just think......in 10 years time that will be a standard laptop!!!

Gunleik Groven
09-16-2008, 06:09 PM
probably in 4...

Bmoreshaun
09-16-2008, 06:27 PM
I might just have to get me one of those.....

number6
09-16-2008, 06:45 PM
just think......in 10 years time that will be a standard laptop!!!

More like obsolete in two... IMO.

Wayne D
09-16-2008, 07:31 PM
yes...........we have come a loooooooooong way

5MB Hard Disk in 1956 - Its a hard disk in 1956.... The Volume and Size of 5MB memory storage in 1956. In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5MB of data.

Jeff Kilgroe
09-16-2008, 07:49 PM
Hehe... Interesting how it's carrying the Cray branding. And so will more future workstations like this. SGI (who purchased Cray Research some years back) is trying a new angle for their workstations. They're going for overloading cores and internal system bandwidth, essentially trying to squish a super computer into a desk-side enclosure. This is what SGI used to be good at and they're going back to their roots. But they're placing the Cray name on these new systems to differentiate from their Altix line that has been largely successful lately. Besides, I think the Cray name is still gold -- people think of Cray and think of massively powerful computers.

I'm looking into exact specs on this beast. I'm seriously interested as I'm getting ready to put together a new render farm. It's all about power per watt and how the ROI relates to the TCO and all those numbers. $25K seems quite reasonable if this system can provide the bandwidth to feed all those CPUs and their RAM. I think it can... If not, it will just be a marketing gimmick that will go nowhere. ...Now, I wonder what it will cost me to get Mental Ray render licenses for all those cores. Software companies better start rethinking their licensing strategies (render node software in particular) because mainstream systems with massive numbers of CPUs / cores are just around the corner.

Curran Giddens
09-17-2008, 07:22 AM
Only $25k? ... well, in that case, I'll take two! :tongue:


I think this looks like a nice scratch box. especially with 8 quadro cards... :)

http://gigaom.com/2008/09/16/nvidia-to-offer-its-chips-in-the-new-cray-desktop/

It looks like they will start with the Tesla cards next week.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/tesla_computing_solutions.html

Gunleik Groven
09-17-2008, 07:29 AM
Nice...

I'll take two of them, too

Brent J. Craig
09-17-2008, 07:36 AM
It doesn't inspire much confidence that their website only works on Internet Explorer :wacko: https://cx1.cray.com/default.asp

Guess us Mac / Linux users won't be able to buy them.

It would probably make a great Hackintosh!

number6
09-17-2008, 07:53 AM
I wonder if these muscle machines aren't like the Hummers that were once the darlings of pouer-loving soccer moms? And i wonder if GPUs aren't the new energy efficient Volts of the near future? It seems to me it should only take a few CPU cores in a computer to do the image manipulation required to prepare it for rendering, then you turn that tedious job over to GPUs.

I see this changeover has already begun in many apps and can be easily made the standard by software companies by making some code changes.

It's not quite like the Hydrogen conundrum where you can't get the public to buy a hydrogen car until the refueling infrastructure is in place, and you can't get the refueling infrastructure to be funded until automobile manufacturers make the cars.

But my understanding is that REDCINE is more GPU based than CPU, and a company like Cineform can seemingly turn its attention on a dime and produce a new paradigm while others are just talking about it. So they could easily make a GPU centric computer sing using their software. Other companies as well.

I'm just thinking that somebody is going to take advantage of the pouer of the GPU and make computer towers just the mechanism for holding the interchangeable GPUs, and thus making the processors and the rest of the hardware have a much longer off-the-shelf-life while still functioning productively. Need more pouer? Change or add a GPU.

Many may hold a different view.

JanneJansson
09-17-2008, 08:24 AM
The cray is 25 to $60k.
This 24 core, 48 GB ram cost $3k. http://helmer.sfe.se
Looks like crap, but renders like crazy :)

number6
09-17-2008, 08:35 AM
Add an array of graphics cards to that thing and you could predict the weather.:)

Stephen Pruitt
09-17-2008, 08:44 AM
I'll wait for the Mac version, thank you, which I would guess is just around the corner.

Stephen

Joe Carney
09-17-2008, 09:26 AM
The cray is 25 to $60k.
This 24 core, 48 GB ram cost $3k. http://helmer.sfe.se
Looks like crap, but renders like crazy :)

I want one, or need to build one!!!

Thomas Mathai
09-17-2008, 10:25 AM
SGI sold Cray a good while ago. It's listed on NASDAQ.

Alex Carr
09-17-2008, 10:25 AM
Before too long there won't be a 'Hackintosh'

There will be 'you got OSX on there yet?'

Brent J. Craig
09-17-2008, 10:55 AM
Before too long there won't be a 'Hackintosh'

There will be 'you got OSX on there yet?'

If Apple is smart.

Thor Wixom
09-18-2008, 08:25 AM
Before too long there won't be a 'Hackintosh'

There will be 'you got OSX on there yet?'

He he...

"I'm a Mac... AND a PC!"

-Thor

Tom Lowe
09-18-2008, 09:18 PM
But will it play Crysis?

Jeff Kilgroe
09-18-2008, 10:23 PM
Well, after taking a good look at it, I'm not all that impressed. Some of their config options are a bit restrictive and some prices are wack. Much more cost-effective to go with other blade server options, because that's what this Cray really is. Just a desk-side, 8-blade cluster. It's kinda cool how they're marketing it and to whom and their Amazon.com distribution option for certain configs, etc..

Michael Tiemann
10-04-2008, 06:25 PM
Good news for those who don't want to be stuck with Microsoft as their only OS option! The Cray CX1 also supports Linux (http://www.cray.com/Products/CX1/Product/Software.aspx).

BigLu
10-04-2008, 08:06 PM
CRYSIS!!!!
Thats the Ish.

ralf.luethy
10-07-2008, 09:28 AM
If Apple is smart.

If FCP 7 supports 4k it's probable that they'll double mac pro's number of cores from 8 to 16 ... or even 32??

David Wyatt
10-07-2008, 09:46 AM
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/images/2008/09/16/cx1_photo.jpg

Size-wise it would go great with a Dalsa Origin :)

While we're at it why don't we just ask CERN to handle our transcoding with their Grid network :wink:

Omar Saad
10-07-2008, 10:40 AM
just think......in 10 years time that will be a standard laptop!!!

Holy crap! The heat that thing will produce will probably melt through the table of whatever coffee shop you're in!