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Monday, September 03, 2007

Phil Windley on the Microwulf

Phil Windley on driving down the cost of Beowulf clusters...

The world's cheapest supercomputer, built by a Calvin College CS professor Joel Adams and student Tim Brom is very interesting. They built an 8 core Beowulf cluster using four motherboards and a gigabit network switch for less than $2500. The resulting machine has a price/performance ratio of $100/Gigaflop. That's just plain fun.

I think there ought to be a yearly competition of this sort for students. Who can build the fastest supercomputer for $2500?

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