Everybody wants to save the earth, nobody wants to help mom do the dishes.  --P.J. O'Rourke

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cray CX1 Deskside Supercomputer

Things might have worked out differently in Jurassic Park is they had one of these babies.  The Cray CX1 is basically a 24 core Intel Xeon CPU cluster running Windows HPC with 24 gig of RAM and 4 Terrabytes of disk, combined with a Windows 7 Blade Server and Nvidia Quadro FX GPU with 240 parallel cores and 4 gigs of memory.  If that doesn't float your boat, you can skip the Xeons and go with and an all Nvidia Tesla GPU setup which spews out a whopping 4 terraflops....hold on to your butts indeed.  All this in a dorm fridge sized box sold by Dell starting at around $8k for the chassis - each blade unit will run you another $8k.


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