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Virginia Tech installs 29-teraflop Mac cluster

updated 10:50 am EDT, Mon July 21, 2008

VT installs Mac cluster

Virginia Tech has recently installed a new Mac-based supercomputing cluster, according to an announcement. The cluster is being used by the university's Center for High-End Computing Systems, and consists of 324 Mac Pros operating as servers, with eight cores apiece, for a total of 2,592 cores. The computers are networked together via a 40Gbps copper LAN connection.

At 29 teraflops, the system is said to have been ranked among the 100 most powerful supercomputers in a June list compiled by Top500. CHECS says it intends to use the cluster for the development of new, power-aware computers, and ones with shared memory and/or distributed storage.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They sold off some of the original Apple G5 computers with a certificate that said that this was one part of an official supercomputer running at xx gigaflops (at that time 3rd fastest in world)

    Wish I had the cash to blow, just for the cert and G5 to keep as a plaything. LOL :-)

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Imagine running Photoshop on this....

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: PS


    Of course, most desktop applications would not benefit from distributed processing. A lot don't even take full advantage of multiple processors on the same machine. But things like protein folding, processing frames of an animated movie etc. would work great. On the other hand, if Photoshop is scriptable, you could work on hundreds of different images at the same time.....

  1. bezoar1340

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hokies Rule

    Go Hokies!!!

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