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MacBytes
Jan 12, 2005, 12:51 PM
Category: Apple Hardware
Link: MWSF: Xserve cluster makes fresh UCLA milestone (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050112135121)
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Mord
Jan 12, 2005, 02:55 PM
they are not on the list yet :(

do they have to do a specific benchmark to get in?

nagromme
Jan 12, 2005, 06:43 PM
Maybe they just have to wait until the next list is made. Twice a year, I think?

I've just updated the list of Mac supercomputers I've bookmarked. Recent Xserve clusters of 32 processors or more:

* VA Tech's "System X" aka "Big Mac"
(1100 dual-2.3 nodes and counting, used for a range of academic research (http://www.tcf.vt.edu/))

* UCLA's "Dawson"
(128 dual-2.0 nodes, used for plasma physics research (http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?home&NewsID=10601))

* French CGG cluster
(672 dual nodes, integrated into an existing 40 TFLOP cluster for oil prospecting (http://www.hardmac.com/niouzcontenu.php?date=2004-09-03#2783))

* Australian Defence Force's "Checkmate"
(16 dual nodes, used for command and control simulations (http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,8396443%5E15841%5E%5Enbv%5E,00.html))

* UNC's cluster
(43 dual nodes, used for proteomics research (http://www.apple.com/pro/science/giddings/))

* UC Davis's cluster
(38 dual nodes, used for Genome Center research (http://www.apple.com/science/profiles/benham/))

* University College Santa Cruz's cluster
(36 dual nodes and counting, used for a range of academic research (http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=9247))

* US Army's "MACH 5"
(1566 dual nodes, used by Army and NASA for hypersonic flight research (http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=8971))

* U. Maine's "Baby MACH 5"
(256 dual nodes, used for software development and optimization for MACH 5 (http://www.umaine.edu/news/071904/ArmySupercomputer.htm))

Also, the US Navy is using Xserves on board submarines (http://www.computerworld.com/softwaretopics/os/macos/story/0,10801,83783,00.html), to run their Linux-based sonar imaging system.

And VA Tech is considering much larger Mac clusters (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2004/tc2004083_7126_tc153.htm) in future: "System L" and "System C."

Mord
Jan 13, 2005, 02:01 AM
i just like the fact that powerpc holds the majority of the top ten positions, there are also a fare few ibm 970 clusters.