CONFIRMED! Virginia Tech building G5 Supercomputer!

in General Discussion edited January 2014


  • Reply 1 of 19
    Yeah, sorry to burst your bubble, but it's been confirmed by thinksecret already.
  • Reply 2 of 19
    ed m.ed m. Posts: 222member
    Burst my bubble? What are you talking about?


  • Reply 3 of 19
    709709 Posts: 2,016member
    It's been *confirmed* quite widely in the last few days, and also blamed for the setback of initial dual2Ghz order ship times, FWIW. Although, a measly 1100 units doesn't sound like it would push back *all* orders.
  • Reply 4 of 19
    ed m.ed m. Posts: 222member
    709.. use your imagination


  • Reply 5 of 19
    shetlineshetline Posts: 4,695member

    (In case the context isn't clear... the original.)
  • Reply 6 of 19

    Originally posted by Ed M.

    709.. use your imagination

    Perhaps I'm not feeling very imaginative today, but I don't catch the implication. Are you suggesting that there are a dozen universities and companies building 1K-node G5 based supercomputer clusters and this is why many individual orders have been delayed?

    I can see why a lot of people are annoyed that their machines are delayed, but frankly I think this is the right thing for Apple to do. There is a lot of PR mileage in this, and a lot of immediate benefit to having academic crawling all over the G5s. Suck it up guys, its good for the platform.
  • Reply 7 of 19
    murkmurk Posts: 935member
    We should have pooled our purchases and gave them a little competition. Anyone want to build an Appleinsider Supercomputer? I'm sure we could have at least came up with an order for five (maybe six) G5's.
  • Reply 8 of 19
    zozo Posts: 3,117member
    seriously though... if 1100 dual G5s can disrupt the GLOBAL flow, Apple has some SERIOUS issues
  • Reply 9 of 19
    jlljll Posts: 2,713member

    Originally posted by ZO

    seriously though... if 1100 dual G5s can disrupt the GLOBAL flow, Apple has some SERIOUS issues

    The 1,100 G5s are only part of the total edu orders.
  • Reply 10 of 19
    tinktink Posts: 395member
    I was stoked to see that they will be using OSX.

    the university said it is using a beta version of the latest release of OS X

    They also mentioned,


    They will be clustered using 64-bit Infiniband semiconductor technology

    (I'm assuming this 64bit software).

  • Reply 11 of 19
    rokrok Posts: 3,519member
    i like the fact that macrumors posted the following:

    An interesting tidbit from CollegiateTimes brings the total weight of the PowerMacs in at 19.25 Tons -- and simply moving the hardware will take about six days with 15-20 volunteers.
  • Reply 12 of 19
    xmogerxmoger Posts: 242member
    Maybe if they had listened to Apples marketing dept, they could have bought a G4 cube for their supercomputing needs and saved millions.
  • Reply 13 of 19
    These G5's are shipping to them now, if they don't have them all already. Enough future hardware threads about the G5 already.
  • Reply 14 of 19
    kurtkurt Posts: 225member

    Originally posted by ZO

    seriously though... if 1100 dual G5s can disrupt the GLOBAL flow, Apple has some SERIOUS issues

    My guess is that it would not normally affect their flow but, with production ramping up and so many back orders, it does now.
  • Reply 15 of 19
    tink (and posts following) obviously didn't realize the true benefit of using OS X. They're not using a Linux disto that is made for clustering, they're using a "beta" version of future OS X for clustering. What possible beta version could they be using? Panther.

    Admittedly, they could be building KEXTs, but with beta software and just released hardware, they have had no development time, and how long does it take to build clustering software? I don't know, but how could they expect to finish this project so quickly? Apple could also have given special access for development so this thing would be done. But it's much more fun to think the prior.
  • Reply 16 of 19
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    Moving to General Discussion.
  • Reply 17 of 19

    Originally posted by Ed M.

    Its been confirmed...



    Thanks Ed, I didn't know so I enjoyed your post.
  • Reply 18 of 19
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    Man they never did anything cool like that when I was there.
  • Reply 19 of 19
    Yeah, they're doing some pretty cool stuff here at VT. I was really surprised when I read about it. Nice to hear my school (let alone the Engineering Department!!) has so much respect for the mac.

    GO TECH!
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