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Homebrew Supercomputers

May 28, 2008

Here's the line that got my attention:
What can be done? Nothing less than building a supercomputer. More precisely, a high-performance computing cluster with processing power that only the big national labs could have afforded a scant decade ago. Powered by a couple of 120V, 13-amp circuits.
That's what happens in the Cluster Challenge at the big annual Supercomputing conference. Last year one team got 420 GFlops of performance on HPL (Linpack). This year's SC08 conference is in Austin in November.
Which is all very inspiring, but my immediate reaction is: built in a garage by a hobbyist? Sounds awfully familiar. Maybe somebody should put out a magazine. Dr. Dobb's Journal of Supercomputing Crop-dusting and Energy Efficiency: Flying Low Without Overclocking? Or something. 

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