Yan Huang - CSCI5330 Database Implementation – Parallel Database
“Soon after the announcement, Varadarajan took delivery of his very first PowerBook laptop running Mac OS X. Within days, he placed an order for the 1100 dual processor, 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 computers that now drive Virginia Tech’s new supercomputer. Smart choice: In November of 2003 the giant system — named System X — became the third fastest supercomputer in the world.
System X is radically different from traditional, high-performance supercomputers. Unlike most, it is based on a “supercluster” of Power Mac G5 computers, each of which has 4GB of main memory, and 160GB of serial ATA storage. Not only is System X the world’s fastest, most powerful “home-built” supercomputer, it quite possibly has the cheapest price/performance of any supercomputer on the TOP500 list.”
--- From Apple Website