More Virginia Tech Cluster Details
A few articles provide some more details on Virginia Tech's upcoming PowerMac G5 cluster.
TechNewsWorld provides quotes from Dean Hassan Aref that the total price tag on the cluster "is probably a factor of 10 lower than a machine in this class in the past".
The PowerMacs will be running (a beta version of) Mac OS X, and as mentioned before, will be linked with hardware from Mellanox and Cisco.
Roanoke Times reports that the cost for the project will be $5.2 million over the next five years, and that they are trying to get the system setup by October 1st 2003 to be considered in the next Top 500 Supercomputer rankings.
An interesting tidbit from CollegiateTimes brings the total weight of the PowerMacs in at 19.25 Tons -- and simply moving the hardware will take about six days with 15-20 volunteers.