Everyman’s supercomputer

The third fastest computer in the world has been built by Virginia Tech. According to Engineering School Dean Hassan Aref, “An underdog in the competition, Virginia Tech, landed the number three position by building a machine in less than three months–utilizing 1,100 dual-processor Macintosh G5 PCs–that cost one-fifth to one-tenth the average price.”

The Virginia Tech machine clocked 10.28 teraflops; that is, 10.28 “trillion floating point operations per second.”

Go Hokies.