G5 cluster aims for supercompting Top 5

According to a report at Think Secret, Virigina Tech University is building a supercomputer based on a cluster of Mac G5 systems. The report says the supercomputer will have 1100 nodes, each with dual 2GHz G5 processors and 4GB to 8GB of memory. Apple is giving priority to the Virginia Tech order over consumer orders so that the supercomputer has a shot at hitting the next round of Top 500 rankingsĀ—and they are apparently hoping to land in one of the top 5 slots.

Does Apple's supercomputer claim finally look legit for once? 'twill be interesting to see how this setup fares against the many new Opteron-based supercomputer clusters coming online.

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