Supercomputer Kits from Virginia Tech

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    As mentioned in a previous report, Virginia Tech will begin offering Supercomputer Kits beginning early next year.

    These kits will provide plans for institutions to create their own PowerMac G5 clusters with off-the-shelf components. The Virginia Tech PowerMac G5 cluster currently ranks #3 in the world based on preliminary results. Final rankings are due in mid November. reports that, amongst others, the National Security Agency and the Argonne weapons laboratory have expressed interest in the plans. Previous comments from Dr. Srinidhi Varadarajan noted that we could "expect to see a lot more G5 clusters."
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2003
    The south, the deep south
  3. macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
  4. macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    I'm buying one! I'd be the only person on my floor with a 2000 node G5! Great.

    :) :rolleyes: :D
  5. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    The G5 cluster looks like it's going to be popular.

    G5 kit means alot folks must want one. I figure in the next yr Apple will be selling alot more G5's just for this purpose.

    Good news for Apple and maybe Va Tech should be the new switcher commerical.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2003
    Athens, OH

    I, for one, welcome our new G5 cluster ovevrlords.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    Re: The G5 cluster looks like it's going to be popular.

    i like this idea a lot- high profile success story with apple. blows the old rumor that dell can always do things cheaper.
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2003
    Los Angeles
    This may sound stupid, but what is a "supercomputer" even used for?? Is it partially just for bragging rights, or do these clusters have practical purposes??
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2002
    Minneapolis, MN
    I guess it would make sense that the NSA would want to get away from Windows:D
  10. macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2003
    Rochester, NY


    You've been hanging around slashdot too much;)
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2003
    I imagine Crae, HP, Next and the rest buying in secret G5 and saying that their cluster is one of the fastest on the planet!:D :D :D
  12. macrumors 603


    I am waiting for the day, perhaps minutes from now, when a set of dorm residents form a cluster in the common area with individual G5's and each resident has a login to a true supercomputer.


    Students are ALWAYS on the bleeding edge.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    I ordered one of these kits from Virginia Tech and all I got was a case of duct tape, a couple miles of wire and a briefcase full of hundred dollar bills.

    What am I supposed to do with all that?
  14. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    What would the kit do for my Mac SE, LC II, IIsi, Performa 6300 and iMac? I also could get an SE/30, IIcx, PowerBook G3 and beige G3.
  15. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    This is one the first non-Apple killer Apps to come down the pipe in quite awhile.

    I bet Dr. Srinidhi Varadarajan didn't think he was writing a killer app when he was putting the software and the cluster together.

    Took 4 years, but the real supercomputer on your desktop finally shipped. ;)
  16. tny
    macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2003
    Number crunching: modeling processes of complex systems like the weather, cryptographic work (which would explain the NSA's interest), etc. Lots of things. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2003
    I keep hearing stories of new cards (PCI?) that are basically for floating point operations and give you a super computer on a card. Does this mean the super computers of tomorrow (which, quite literally could mean tomorrow) will just be a couple of clustered machines with stacks of these cards?

    Or am I way off the mark? If these cards are the future then I hope they slot into the G5!
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2003
    Boston, MA/Richmond,VA
    Let's Go Hookies... VAtech forever...i knew they would do it, they make me proud to be a Virginian.
  19. macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2002

    Supercomputers are valuable tools for modeling, simulation, and number crunching. Processing time is rented for research...

    Looking at the top500 list, this guy who did this must be one smart cookie. Ranked 3rd in the list is pretty impressive, especially pullling it off with such a low price. VT will sure stand out, surrounded by these big DOD sites on the list.
  20. macrumors 68030

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Seems to me Apple should offer preconfigured setups from the Apple store. Maybe 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000 node clusters with the infrastructure appropriate for each size.
  21. macrumors 68030

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    As a rule, ignore it when anyone says "supercomputer in a *".

    A digital watch is a supercomputer depending on what standards you're measuring against.
  22. macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2003

    I find it kinda scary that a weapons company is looking into somthing with that much proceessing power. I mean think of what low-cost Supercomputers in the wrong hands can do.

    Just my thoughts
  23. macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Interesting... on the top 500 supercomputer list's site, you can query the list with many differenent search criteria, including manufacturer... however... Apple is not included in the 25 choices you have for manufacturers. Guess that they did not see that one coming. I guess I could always browse using the "self made" search criteria.

    hmmm... they don't even have G5 or anything apple for that matter in the dozens of choice you get for the computer type criteria.

    Hell! their list is oudated! They don't even list the Virginia Tech Cluster:
  24. macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2003
    That's because it's from June of 2003. The list has yet to be officially updated -- it will be at the end of November (I believe).
  25. macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2003
    Montreal, QC
    Re: Yikes

    yeah...they could start marketing G5 clusters as 'PowerMac G5 WMD Edition'...somehow it all doesn't quite jive with eating granola, wearing turtle necks, and hugging sarah mclachlan.

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