Army buys G5-based supercomputer

The US Army has purchased a 1566-node Xserve G5 cluster from COLSA. Dubbed MACH 5, the cluster is made up of dual-processor 1U Xserve G5 rack-mount servers and cost the Army a cool $5.8 million. When it's completed later this year, MACH 5's performance is expected to top 25 TFlops/second, which would give it second place on's supercomputer list.

MACH 5 will apparently be used to model the "complex aero-thermodynamics of hypersonic flight," but I can imagine that the Army's new video game studio wouldn't mind getting its hands on the cluster.

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