Primer: Tera-Level ComputingBy Kevin Fogarty | Posted 2004-09-01 Print
How much power do you need? You may have to buy that supercomputer after all.
Some high-performance-computing addicts are already putting together huge clusters of relatively cheap computers to deliver multiple teraflops of computing power. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, for one, has combined 1,058 IBM Opteron servers and 520 Intel Itanium 2 machines into a Linux cluster with more than 11 teraflops of power.
Think how fast your son could run Doom 3 or Halo 2 on that kind of setup.
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