BioBrew cluster running at the Supercomputing Conference, November 2003. Built by Glen Otero, the cluster shown is part of a larger system containing 192 nodes. Each node contains dual Xeons and uses Infiniband. It clocks in at over 1 TFLOPS (one Trillion Floating-Point Operations Per Second) of performance, which would make it one of the 500 fastest computers in the world (not yet listed at top500.org). The ticket price for the cluster is USD $1 million. This part of the cluster has been touring the world and has been seen at expos in Arizona, California, China and Spain.
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