Supercomputer on the cheap

Techweb: Customers Eye Virginia Tech’s Supercomputer Upgrade – Customers Eye Virginia Tech’s Supercomputer Upgrade – January 27, 2004

In recent rankings of the world’s supercomputers by the University of Tennessee, the Virginia Tech installation held third place, behind Japan’s $250 million Earth Simulator Center and Hewlett-Packard’s $215 million installation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The most eye-popping feature of Virginia Tech’s “Big Mac” installation is its $7 million price tag.

Very cool – Now given the fact that there was probably a consideralble cost savings in using student labor most likely available to Virginia Tech for this operation, $7 million still seems to be quite impressive.