Sunday, December 16, 2007

Can a super computer be beautiful?

Sorry everyone, but I'm not talking about Ranger, Sun's 500 TFLOP system which is still a-birthing at TACC in Texas. More on Ranger and Sun's Constellation System in the second half of this entry...

With my supercomputer-as-art background from Thinking Machines, I'm perhaps pre-disposed to appreciate nicely done computers and computer installations. I was blown away when I saw the photos below of MareNostrum, currently the 9th largest supercomputer in the world and the largest in Europe, which is installed in a former chapel at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Wow.



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