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Published on November 18th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Researchers Introduce 22.8 TFlop Energy-Efficient Supercomputer

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November 18th, 2008 by  

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Researchers at Virginia Tech’s Center for High-End Computing Systems have built the second version of a supercomputer called System G that runs at 22.8 TFlops. System G uses 325 Mac Pro computers that each have two four-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors and eight GB of RAM.

Best of all, the machine is an experiment in green computing. System G is the largest power-aware cluster in the world, and will help researchers develop algorithms for high-performance computer requiring minimal power.

System G is decked out with power-aware disks, CPU’s, and memory. It is also the most advanced network of power and thermal sensors to be assembled on such a machine.

Ultimately, the researchers hope to use System G to create energy-efficient computing systems as small as department-sized machines and as large as national-scale resources.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • Purdue Geek

    I still don’t see what’s so special about clustering a group of computers.

    I can only imagine that the hardest part of this project was the mickey mouse work of unpacking all those computers and linking them up together; it’s not like they actually made a computer from scratch.

  • Purdue Geek

    I still don’t see what’s so special about clustering a group of computers.

    I can only imagine that the hardest part of this project was the mickey mouse work of unpacking all those computers and linking them up together; it’s not like they actually made a computer from scratch.

  • Purdue Geek

    I still don’t see what’s so special about clustering a group of computers.

    I can only imagine that the hardest part of this project was the mickey mouse work of unpacking all those computers and linking them up together; it’s not like they actually made a computer from scratch.

  • John Smith

    6 Tesla S1070 > these guys

  • John Smith

    6 Tesla S1070 > these guys

  • http://360oregon.com KieranMullen

    5 Ads on this page blocked by the adblock firefox extension but only 4 paragraphs? Something is wrong here.

    Some more detail would have been nice.

  • http://360oregon.com KieranMullen

    5 Ads on this page blocked by the adblock firefox extension but only 4 paragraphs? Something is wrong here.

    Some more detail would have been nice.

  • http://360oregon.com KieranMullen

    5 Ads on this page blocked by the adblock firefox extension but only 4 paragraphs? Something is wrong here.

    Some more detail would have been nice.

  • Made@Dark

    Doesn’t the Mac Pro only have 2 processors, not 4? With total support for two four-core processors?

  • Made@Dark

    Doesn’t the Mac Pro only have 2 processors, not 4? With total support for two four-core processors?

  • Dan

    Should read “…two four-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors…”

  • Dan

    Should read “…two four-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors…”

  • http://www.ecofriendlyshoppingonline.com PuReWebDev

    That’s one hell of a super computer. I’d love to have something like that running in my office : )

  • http://www.ecofriendlyshoppingonline.com PuReWebDev

    That’s one hell of a super computer. I’d love to have something like that running in my office : )

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