ABQ Journal: Piling on the PCs

Los Alamos scientists build their own low-cost supercomputer to
join contest of the fastest–Free Operating System Dominates World
of Self-Built Computers

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s “little computer that could”
has climbed its biggest mountain yet. In October, the low-cost
supercomputer called “Avalon,” built by a group of lab scientists,
passed a speed test that puts it among the 100 fastest computers in
the world. The researchers did it for about 1/10 the cost of a
comparable commercially available supercomputer.


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