Father of Virginia Tech’s Power Mac G5 supercomputing cluster named among world’s top 100 scientists

“Seven Indian origin scientists, including Srinidhi Varadarajan who built a super computer from off-the-shelf commercial products, were named among the world’s top 100 young researchers by technology review published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),” ExpressIndia.com reports.

“Varadarajan, director of Terascale Computing Facility, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, conceived and built the world’s third-fastest supercomputer from a cluster of 1,100 Apple Macintoshes. The project cost at around USD 5 million when world-class supercomputers cost USD 100 million or more,” ExpressIndia.com reports. The young researcher used off-the-shelf commercial products to design the supercomputer in less than three months, as he did not have the hundreds of millions of dollars for the purpose.”

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