Budget Mac Supercomputer

By Deane Barker on September 25, 2003

Thinking Different, Saving Money: Apple finally beat someone on price. Of course, you need to buy 1,100 dual processor G5 with a healthy education discount, but the more you buy, the more you save.

“Lockhart estimates the hardware cost $5.2 million, a reasonable price, he said, for a supercomputer that the team hopes will soon be ranked among the fastest in the world.

The G5s feature dual CPUs, effectively providing 2,200 2-GHz processors in 1,100 machines, which means less space is needed to house the assembled supercomputer. Factor in Apple’s generous discounts for its education customers, and Mac bested the offerings from Dell, Sun and Hewlett-Packard.”