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Government interested in \'Big Mac\', Xserve G5 upgrade

updated 03:05 pm EST, Tue January 27, 2004

\'Big Mac\' interest

A Virginia Tech spokesperson said the university and Apple have received "a number of inquiries" from federal agencies to use the university's installation or its supercomputer-kit technology to build their own supercomputer installations, according to TechWeb: "Virginia Tech's decision to replace its 'Big Mac' supercomputer processors with Apple Xserve G5 servers will to the federal agencies and organizations negotiating with the university for its novel supercomputer technology."




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  1. 61668-3256b13c8631b3b5457a3079699d4

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    testing posting

    testing posting

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    wow

    wow, yet another article copied from MacMinute...

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    WooHoo

    Go Apple!.





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    NSA? YIKES!

    maybe this will inspire apple or someone else to build something more efficient than a rack full of Xserves for supercomputing. i'm sure 42U racks humming with Xserves would look incredible (and sound fun) but it seems like there should be a bteer way.

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    ...can you hear that....

    ...the winds of change....;-)

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    cNet will be

    sputtering and fuming about this one.

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    RIPE.

    this cluster is just RIPE to perform 10-15 tetraflops.

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    Everyones

    altivec was optimized for code breaking, 2,200 G5's that's what 40 BILLION RC5 keys/sec.

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    Supercomputer in a box

    A really big box!

    Seriously, though, you're not going to get much more efficient than racks of 1U computers if you're out to build a super computer. Blades would be somewhat more effecient, but compromise speed (usually only a single, lower-clocked processor) and reliability (less redundant components) for lower heat and greater density. And certainly nobody has gotten more efficient than $5 million (mistated as $7 million in the article).

    Besides, it's not like people expect a super computer on their desk...although isn't that essentially how Apple introduced the G4?

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    VT could

    sell it for a profit. Just bundle everything and sell it off. Surely someone would pay $10 million for an out-of-the-box supercomputer.

    BTW, the $7 million includes the $2 million for infrastructure upgrades including UPS and Cooling systems. Still not a bad deal.

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