BlueGene/L, Apple Debut on Top500 Ranking; Clusters and Intel Chips Gain Ground | GenomeWeb

Two systems making their first appearance on the Top 500 list of the world’s fastest computers underscore the broad range of today’s high-performance computing options: A self-made cluster of 1,100 Apple G5s at Virginia Tech landed the No. 3 spot in the list, highlighting the recent trend toward do-it-yourself clustered systems built with low-cost, off-the-shelf components (not to mention Apple’s debut in the biannual ranking; see story, p. 1).

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