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InfoWorld: Supercomputer for the Masses

Sep 29, 2003, 23:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Zeichick)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Until now, most high-performance computing clusters were hand-built affairs found mainly in large universities, lovingly designed by enthusiastic professors and tended by sleep-deprived graduate students. But now Dell--which was appropriately enough started in a dorm room--has begun to commercialize the HPC (high-performance computing) market, offering pre-configured supercomputer clusters that combine everything from the servers to racks to software integration.

"Thus, now you can buy an eight-node 16-processor HPC cluster off the shelf from Dell, for only $130,000 plus shipping and applicable sales tax but you'll have to phone in the order, because Dell doesn't yet offer HPC clusters from its Web site. Cables are included, but on-site 'rack and stack' service costs extra..."

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