Apple Computer’s Xserve and Mac OS X make waves in supercomputing field

“Apple has carved out a niche on the desktop, and has a loyal following in graphics design, video editing, and other similar technical fields. More recently, it has stormed the world with the iPod. But few think of the company as a player in the supercomputing field. Yet that is exactly where its Xserve G5 line of servers is making waves,” Drew Robb writes for ServerWatch.

“Case in point: the Hypersonic Missile Technology (HMT) team at Huntsville, Alabama based COLSA Corp. has adopted a supercomputing platform consisting of 1,566 of the 64-bit, dual-processor Apple Xserve G5 servers for its MACH5 (Multiple Advanced Computers for Hypersonics) cluster. This gives the company 60 times more computational power than its current production machine. Result: It can now do calculations in one day that previously took two months,” Robb writes.

Full article here.


  1. Didn’t loads of Wintel nerds try to make a supercomputer, only for it to crash??? I remember reading about it around the time Big Mac had just been switched on…

    Anyway, who cares – GO APPLE!

  2. Apple now has 2 of the top 10 fastest computers in the world (supercomputers). There are no computers in the fastest top 10 or even the top 20 based upon Microsoft technology.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong?

  3. “…But few think of the company as a player in the supercomputing field. Yet that is exactly where its Xserve G5 line of servers is making waves,” Drew Robb writes for ServerWatch.”

    Correction, the line should read: ‘But few think of the company as a player in the supercomputing field *right now*.’

    Based on what Apple has done with their consumer, pro, and enterprise lines over the last few years, I would say that in the next few years, Apple will be kicking some serious ass in the ‘supercomputing field’.

    After the success of the system at Viginia Tech, Apple got a LOT of phone calls from enterprise (and gov’t) folks who wanted something similar. I think that Apple is poised to significantly increase it’s mindshare and rackspace occupation over the next few years.

    And that is Very Good� for all of us.

    ’nuff said.

  4. I think it was out in California. They did it in a gym. Good luck trying to network that many windozers computers together. With their compatibility issues it can be a challenge to even network two together.

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  5. That Windows “cluster” your thinking of was kind of a “flash mob” super computer, where everyone brought their laptop, but their were too many different Windows versions and varying system setups for it to work.

  6. (IMHO) I think the one of the reasons Apple hasnt released a G5 Powerbook is that the demand would be so high, there is no way they could fill the orders, being just now able to get iMacs and Powermac orders filled. Talk about marketshare leap, their laptops are already very popular, there would be a flash mob at every Apple store in the country!

  7. The success of the Xserve is perhaps the most amazing and most promising part of Apple’s revival. Nobody really makes money in the PC arena anymore–but there’s money to be made in the server field. If Apple can really get established in this market (and it’ll probably take years), that will go a long way to ensuring their stability for years to come. I’m still amazed that they’ve been able to have as big a splash as they’ve had so far.

  8. from the article:

    “He says the primary issue that led to the Apple acquisition was the need for speed.”

    Meanwhile, lots of Wintel users are still quoting clock numbers to me and shrugging off testimonials like the above, “that can’t be true.” Yeah, they must be delusional…

  9. James, not everybody is a native English speaker. Criticizing people’s grammar makes one appear xenophic and troglodytic.

    By the way, I may have just invented that last word. Please don’t report me to the Proper English Police.

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