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Virginia Tech Supercomputer Cluster Photos

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Virginia Tech posted an extensive collection of photos documenting the assembly and deployment of their Supercomputer Cluster which consists of 1100 PowerMac G5s.

Virginia Tech's Supercomputer cluster draw significant interest after it was revealed that it was to be composed of over 1100 PowerMac Dual 2.0GHz G5s at the end of August. Additional information is available at the Terascale site at Virginia Tech.<P>

The initial target date for start of operations is October 1, 2003.
 

Chaszmyr

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That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen


(Yet not beautiful enough to make me happy that my Dual G5 ordered on 6/23 still hasnt shipped)
 
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Doctor Q

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I want one! (The T-shirt, that is.)
 

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Sol

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You can never have too many G5s

Nine G5 PowerMacs per rack. Not bad. Hopefully this project will be an incentive for Apple to release G5 Xserves sooner rather than later.
 
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Powerbook G5

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Wow, that is so cool! It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie with all those G5s stacked next to each other wired together like that. I cannot imagine what kind of performance that setup will have or how loud/hot it would get. And to think, I am all excited over just a *single* 1.25 GHz G4!
 
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reyesmac

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HA!

When I see all those G5's, what I think about the most is how outdated they will seem in about 3 years. If IBM is going to be delivering G5's that are a full gigahertz faster every twelve months, then this supercomputer wont seem so super. Just imaging how fast 1100 Dual 4ghz G5's would be in just two years from now.
 
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SteveC

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One word: WOW! :cool:

As a long-time Mac faithful, this is glorifying to witness. :)

While I'm thinking of it... you know, one thing VT *could* also definitely use.... is a web server upgrade! ;) lol... I have a super fast broadband connection here... but the photos on the VT web site are taking *forever* to load. Wonder what the deal is.

Ahh well... that doesn't spoil my celebrating one bit. :cool:
 
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Sol

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Originally posted by SteveC
While I'm thinking of it... you know, one thing VT *could* also definitely use.... is a web server upgrade! ;) lol... I have a super fast broadband connection here... but the photos on the VT web site are taking *forever* to load. Wonder what the deal is.

Well, the G5 super-computer is not used to serve their web-site, we know that much.
 
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skharris

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Its really a shame that people that ordered Dual 2Ghz G5's were bumped just for a project like this. - It basically sucks given the fact that people like myself are still waiting for our orders that where placed back in June! Either way, best of luck to the lab!
 
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e2chris

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Lets hope the Web Server is Intel... my god is it slow... Broadband here as well.
 
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e2chris

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Looking at these pics I see why there was a delay in shipping them to people! VT didnt have to wait obviously. I am not complaining I just find it funny.
 
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e2chris

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Good thing I am not on the Project cause there would 1099 G5's not 1100. =P
 
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DrGruv1

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WOW Oh WOW

I really didn't think of the support needed or the amopunt of racks, cables, space and other that were needed - impressive very cool. A rack of nine would do nicely for me :)
 
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