Clustered Shuttle cubes simulate astrophysics
I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone took a bunch of Shuttle's XPC cubes and threw them into a cluster. The Space Simulator Cluster is made up of 294 of Shuttle's SS51Gs, each with a 2.53GHz Pentium 4 processor, 1GB of DDR333 SDRAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a 3Com NIC. What's most impressive is that the cluster was built for under $1,000 per node and is now ranked as the 85th-fastest computer in the world. Not bad for a bunch of cute little cubes.