Virginia Tech Power Mac G5 Supercomputer costs 90 percent less than nearest competitor

Virgina Tech’s Apple Power Mac G5 Supercomputer project is shaping up to become “one of the world’s cheapest and most powerful supercomputers,” according to The Washington Post’s David McGuire. 1,110 Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 2GHz machines will be linked together to comprise this new supercomputer. And it’ll be cheap, too. Very cheap. “All this is expected to cost $5 million, 90 percent less than the next model up on the supercomputer hierarchy,” McGuire reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: 90 percent less than the next fastest supercomputer? That’s gotta turn some heads; even those who would usually ignore Apple and the Macintosh. Virginia Tech’s supercomputer project is going to be pure gold for Apple.

(Updated 4:45 PM EDT: Fixed headline from dollars to percent – thanks guys.)


  1. Apart the computational error, MDN is right. It will make more than one to mull over it.

    Maybe even those who say high-school students should have Wintel PC to be prepared for future high skilled professions. What if they’d head for scientific work at Virginia? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. In the title of the MDN page: “Virginia Tech Power Mac G5 Supercomputer costs $90 million less than nearest competitor”

    Should be “…costs $45 millions less …”

  3. bjh would be a typo if ‘millions’ was not there. Mental typo, rather

    90% million less has still another meaning ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. At this level moving up the hierarchy is very spendy. Some estimates are that it would have taken about $7M to $8M to do this with Linux and Opterons… A $50M supercomputer gets you into the top few (like 3 or 4)

    the top machines are

    NEC’s Earth Simulator (talking well north of $100M) 35.86TF

    ASCI Q 13.88TF

    MRC Cluster 7.6TF

    ASCI White 7.3 TF

    ASCI White would be well over $50M

    You need 4TF to get into the top ten these days. They must be aiming at something better than 7TF if they hope to get in this year’s top 10.

  5. Is it true all the machines will be running Talking Moose as a new kind of monitoring interface?

    You are getting sleepy. Your eyelids are getting heavier and heavier

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