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.