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System X falls in Supercomputer top 500

updated 10:45 am EST, Mon November 14, 2005

Supercomputer top 500

Viginia Tech's "System X" Xserve-based cluster--which utilizes 1,200 dual 2.3GHz G5 Xserves--has in the most recent top 500 supercomputer independent lists, down from 14th place in June. The Mach 5 Xserve-based supercomputer--used by the U.S. Army and NASA for research and development--took fifteenth place while the University of California's Dawson--another Xserve-based cluster--placed at number 303. Xseed follows at number 308 running at Bowie University in the U.S, according to a report from

by MacNN Staff





  1. cfenger

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real-world ratings

    I'd like to see a second rating system which tales into account the overall cost of the project. Bang for the buck is a meaningful measure, particularly with educational institutions vying for bragging rights. I don't know whre Va. Tech would stand now, but at the time they built it, it was in first place when cost was figured into the equation.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Real-world ratings

    I second that. That would make some interesting reading. What is the most remembered thing about the Apollo program. The photo of Neil Armstrong's footprint on the moon cost $1b. Nobody remembers all the amazing technical achievements or the creative solutions to major problems. No one thanks NASA for all the technologies that are part of everyday life today thanks to the 1960's space race.

    Bang for buck. That's what people remember more than performance stats. Gigaflops per $.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bah, bigger like-to-see

    Hey, I'd like to see who'd make the top number if the 'off-the-radar' computers were on the list, as I'm sure there's hundreds of super-computers and computer clusters out there that aren't passing along their results (how much power do you think the NSA really has going on under their headquarters in Fort Meade, MD?).

  1. brinj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    using fewer processors

    the apple system is still using fewer processors than all those ahead of it and most of those below it.

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    no, bang for the buck is meaningless. these systems are built to crunch big numbers, not eke out another decimal place of efficiency. maybe later.

    all this progress, and still no goram flying car.

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