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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by K3mp, Jun 25, 2008.
POWERMAC G5 super computer. Imagine what they could have done with current mac pro's
Oh yes, the Virginia Tech supercomputer was quite the centerpiece for discussion on MR a couple of years ago.
Just imagine what they could have done with Mac Pro's. It is still a sick system. I wonder if they run leopard on it.
They definitely don't run the proprietary part of OS X, but they might be running the open source part. It runs some kind of Unix, but I'm not sure if it's Darwin.
Grand Central isn't intended for distributed computing (from what I can tell), but instead for an SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) environment where the processors share memory space. Anyway, they already have their own proprietary code written to do the distribution work -- something similar to what Hadoop does now.
the above is all rampant speculation
According to a VT page, it runs 10.3.9.
I think it was just two or three months after they put it all together when they replaced it all with G5 xServes.