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World's most productive Folder joins Custom PC & bit-tech

User zz9pzza churned out nearly six millions points in a single day.

Jaws dropped in our Folding@home forum over the weekend, as our average production rate doubled - thanks to a single user.

Calling himself zz9pzza (and james_ on our forums), our team's new recruit produced nearly six million points on 21 March - close to double the average production rate of the entire CPC team.

That was enough to see zz9pzza rocketing to the top of the worldwide producers chart over the weekend. Thankfully, zz9pzza, who has already rocketed to a team rank of 47, took the time to calm some of the nerves of over-excited folders and revealed the monstrous hardware he has at his disposal.

'So I am breaking in three racks,' explained James in our Folding forum, 'each rack has four chassis, each chassis has 14 blades. Each blade is a dual processor machine with six cores per processor and 36GB of RAM.'

As forum user Mankz pointed out, this means that zz9pzza's folding farm contains 2,016 cores and 6TB of RAM.

However, it looks as though our team isn't going to be enjoying the fruits of zz9pzza's exhaustive kit list for much longer. 'I will probably stop running the Folding first thing Monday,' said zz9pzza, 'as I am just trying to provoke any more failures. About 26 out of the 168 have an issue of some sort and the supplier will be in at some point to fix them. Each chassis is drawing about 3KW right now (36KW total)'

So, it seems his will be a fleeting visit, but a very welcome one all the same. We hope to see you again, zz9pzza.

If you have no idea what we're talking about, head over to our Folding forum. As always, if you have any thoughts on Folding@home or zz9pzza's mammoth effort, let us know in the forums.

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Material 21st March 2011, 13:33 Quote
Houndofhell 21st March 2011, 13:38 Quote
Oh Dear Lord, Who's this farm for the NSA or NASA?
.//TuNdRa 21st March 2011, 13:46 Quote
Holy sh1t.

I suppose the real question is: Could that farm finally run Crysis?
greypilgers 21st March 2011, 13:47 Quote
I'm just waiting for the yawn-worthy 'But can it run Crisis?' post...
LoL...

That's a serious set up then. Although in high tech industry I suppose this is nothing exceptional and more run of the mill?
greypilgers 21st March 2011, 13:47 Quote
Ha ha ha! The irony!
MrGumby 21st March 2011, 13:52 Quote
Truly amazing kit. Any ideas how much one of these racks cost? Wonder what ppd/per £ is aswel as ppd/ per watt?
Snips 21st March 2011, 13:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Houndofhell
Oh Dear Lord, Who's this farm for the NSA or NASA?

If he told you, you would be visited by men in black suit and tie with white shirts wearing sun glasses even indoors.

Excellent recruit guys and gals, welldone!
.//TuNdRa 21st March 2011, 14:00 Quote
He did mention that the hardware wasn't in production yet, who else has Blade Servers with 36GB of memory and twin Six Core processors? The F@H run was just to burn in the lot, anyway.

Still an astounding amount of horsepower there. I want that in my basement. Heck I'd build a basement to house that.

Although I fear the power bills would be a bit of a sod.
knuck 21st March 2011, 14:00 Quote
Grats to Mankz for being mentioned in the article lol
Mankz 21st March 2011, 14:12 Quote
BOOM. Front page.
fuus 21st March 2011, 14:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by knuck
Grats to Mankz for being mentioned in the article lol

+1 lol, get in there :D
Ljs 21st March 2011, 14:16 Quote
I can understand the excitement (it is pretty incredible) and wanting to give him credit for his efforts but:
Quote:
Originally Posted by _james
Happy to answer some techie questions but don't make a fuss.

Front page news?

I doubt he'll mind but still...

And gratz Mankz for being immortalised!
knuck 21st March 2011, 14:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz
BOOM. Front page.
I did it 3 years ago mouhahaha
Mankz 21st March 2011, 14:30 Quote
Autti 21st March 2011, 14:36 Quote
Mankz 1 knuck 0
GravitySmacked 21st March 2011, 14:37 Quote
Wow that's one hell of an output, shame it's only temporary.
Hustler 21st March 2011, 15:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrGumby
Truly amazing kit. Any ideas how much one of these racks cost?

If you have to ask, you cant afford it....
BRAWL 21st March 2011, 15:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Autti
Mankz 1 knuck 0

Challenge Accepted :P
HourBeforeDawn 21st March 2011, 16:22 Quote
oh so its NOT a folding rig... it was just using FOLDing as a way to stress test the hardware, huh I wonder what its real tasks will be.
knuck 21st March 2011, 16:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz
4 years ago..
Ahhhh you beat me by two weeks LOL


http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2007/11/29/orange_box_ps3_actually_ok_/1
The_Beast 21st March 2011, 16:39 Quote
6TB of RAM, that's a lot of pron to have jump on your screen instantly



;)
knuck 21st March 2011, 16:47 Quote
"guys i'm starting a memtest, see you in two weeks"
play_boy_2000 21st March 2011, 17:07 Quote
Assuming its intel based (AMD dosn't have a triple channel offering afaik) and blade servers generally use low tdp chips, it could be using Xeon L5640s, which run $1000 per chip. ($336000 for CPUs)



RAM regd ECC 6x4GB + 6x2GB: $135000.

Call it $75000 for the motherboards; $15000 for the chassis, racks and power supplies (assuming a fair bit of off the shelf gear).

So we're over 550k, without taking into account HDD/SSD, shipping, installation and the fact that the company providing the product wants a nice chunk of profit.


All idle speculation though untill zz9pzza puts the specs of his the companys rig in his signature!
kosch 21st March 2011, 19:02 Quote
HP Class C Blade Racks with BL460 blades in them?

Good way to do a burn in test :)
Kroy 21st March 2011, 19:18 Quote
Don't stress guys, it's just the new bit-tech Minecraft server, we'll loan it out to do some folding whenever the next overtake is close.
fuus 21st March 2011, 20:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kroy
Don't stress guys, it's just the new bit-tech Minecraft server, we'll loan it out to do some folding whenever the next overtake is close.

+rep
bulldogjeff 21st March 2011, 20:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
oh so its NOT a folding rig... it was just using FOLDing as a way to stress test the hardware, huh I wonder what its real tasks will be.

I was wondering what that lot would be used for, more to the point how much would it cost to build and run.
sixfootsideburns 21st March 2011, 20:29 Quote
I could probably heat my house with that rig...
Cthippo 21st March 2011, 20:31 Quote
According to my quick calculations at $.10 per kWh that's about $86.40 a day in electricity. I'm glad I don't have their power bill!
confusis 21st March 2011, 20:36 Quote
zz9pzza has officially produced more points this week then 'anonymous'

This guy deserves a b33r!
kempez 21st March 2011, 21:27 Quote
That's not really a huge amount of servers for a farm, but fair play to the lad for using F@H for stress testing.

Our data centre manager would murder anyone who tried that shizzle in there
StoneyMahoney 21st March 2011, 22:27 Quote
I could've done something like this a few years ago, I was contracted to setup 6 racks of servers and storage for an MoD subcontractor. Except they were bankrupt before they even took me on and the bailiffs turned up to repossess all the gear before I even open the first box.
dark_avenger 22nd March 2011, 03:00 Quote
If only we could borrow it for the chimps challenge...
confusis 22nd March 2011, 07:08 Quote
Annnd...I think he's shut it down. :(
Stickeh 22nd March 2011, 12:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by play_boy_2000
Assuming its intel based (AMD dosn't have a triple channel offering afaik) and blade servers generally use low tdp chips, it could be using Xeon L5640s, which run $1000 per chip. ($336000 for CPUs)



RAM regd ECC 6x4GB + 6x2GB: $135000.

Call it $75000 for the motherboards; $15000 for the chassis, racks and power supplies (assuming a fair bit of off the shelf gear).

So we're over 550k, without taking into account HDD/SSD, shipping, installation and the fact that the company providing the product wants a nice chunk of profit.


All idle speculation though untill zz9pzza puts the specs of his the companys rig in his signature!
Quote:
Originally Posted by kosch
HP Class C Blade Racks with BL460 blades in them?

Good way to do a burn in test :)


Pricing with a HP BL460 blade, i worked it out to just over £806k cost, for the blades alone with no hard drives... their 500gb 7.2k rpm is £230ish, so add another £38k...4 year warrenty at £150 so thats another £25k....
And i thought the 32 blade rack i was spec'ing up was pricey!
God damn.
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