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The Register: An iMac supercomputer cluster you can carry home

Sep 11, 2000, 11:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Terra Soft, the company behind the Yellow Dog and Black Lab Linux PowerPC distros has released a supercomputer cluster based on Apple's iMac. They're teaming up with Marathon Computers of Nashville Tennessee, who have been building Apple PowerPC-based racks for several years."

"Each unit is comprised of eight of Marathon's "iRacks": an iMac but without the monitor or casing. Marathon sells its tower Macs to musicians, ISPs or for speciaised lab applications such as data acquisition, the company's marketing honcho Michael Roland tells us, with the bulk of the business being G4s."

"So we wondered if this could qualify as the world's quietest supercomputer cluster, as the iMacs are celebrated for not having a noisy case fan. It's not exactly silent says Roland, as Marathon does provide a system fan for the cluster. But it's still pretty quiet for the MIPS you're getting."

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