[Beowulf] 96 cores in silent and small enclosure

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Apr 14 06:49:57 PDT 2010

Start with Arrhenius.. 10degree rise halves the life.

Actually, there's a huge amount of information out there on semiconductor failure and life effects.  It's just not distilled down to a "for part #, here's what happens", because it depends on a lot of things.

On 4/14/10 1:12 AM, "Jon Tegner" <tegner at renget.se> wrote:

the max temp spec is not some arbitrary knob that the chip vendors
choose out of spiteful anti-green-ness.  I wouldn't be surprised to see some


Issue is not the temp spec of current cpus, problem is that it is hard to get relevant information. I haven't found any that states that the failure rate in year 5 should be significantly higher if you operate the cpu at 65 C instead of 55 C. I'm just saying this kind of information would be valuable (and I would be glad to find it).

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