Cluster based on Athlon XP
The battle for the top places in the list of the 500 fastest computers in the world is now being expanded by a cluster based on PCs with AMD Athlon XP processors. The cluster is located in the University of Vienna in Austria.
The cluster called 'Schrödinger I' consists of 3 central servers and 160 computing nodes, the latter each with an Athlon XP 1700+ equipped. The project, which has been running since October, was recently expanded and now has a computing power of 204.5 GFLOPS, 162 GB RAM and over 6 terabytes of disk capacity. The cluster running under Linux thus achieved place 147 in the Top 500 list of the fastest computers in the world. Interestingly, 'Schrödinger I' only cost 500,000 euros, which is a good price/performance ratio for such computing power. On this page you can see many interesting pictures of the structure of the cluster.