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Power Fractal is a numerically-intensive parallel graphics application for Macs.

There is a version for Mac OS 8.6 - 9, and a Mac OS X version.

A Software Santa Pick!

Power Fractal v1.4.1 (160 kB) - A numerically-intensive parallel graphics application that uses the vector hardware, multiple processors or Cores (MP), and cluster computing (via MPI) for its computations. Power Fractal takes simultaneously advantage of both the Velocity Engine, a.k.a. AltiVec, and SSE, when available. This code will also compute correctly on single processor machines and non-vector processors. This code uses the MacMPI_XUB.c library for communcations and and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and Pooch.

New in version 1.4.1: Newly reoptimized SSE code and fractal presets for the new 8-Core Mac Pro, where it can achieve over 80 GigaFlops. Thanks xlr8yourmac!

New in version 1.4: As a Universal Application, this code can utilitze large, mixed clusters of PowerPC G3s, G4s, G5s and Intel Cores simultaneously, making this the first application to utilize Universal Clustering. (Requires Pooch v1.7.) See the the DR product line for more examples.

We also provide a Carbon CFM version of Power Fractal that requires Mac OS 10.2 or later, or Mac OS 8.5 or later with CarbonLib 1.2 or later,

New in version 1.3: This app's parallelization organization has been rewritten to be optimized for large clusters of PowerPC G5s, enabling it to achieve over 1.21 TeraFlop!

This code has achieved:

    * 1.5 GigaFlops on a G4/450MHz,
    * 13.5 GigaFlops on a DPG5/2GHz,
    * 22 GigaFlops on 16 G4/400's,
    * 217 GigaFlops on 33 XServe DPG4/1GHz's,
    * 233 GigaFlops on 56 DPG4/533's + 20 DPG4/450's
    * and 1.21 TeraFlops on 128 Xserve DPG5/2GHz's.

To run this app on a single Intel- or PowerPC-based Mac, no additional software is necessary.

Software Santa uses this to benchmark how fast his computer is! 

Categories: Graphics Creation - Fractals - Mac Classic - Mac X - How fast is your Mac?

80 GigaFLOPS!
Dual Quad-Core XEON Processors pulling in the same direction can race along at 80 GigaFLOPS!
« Last Edit: September 02, 2008, 09:47:26 AM by Software Santa »


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