How do ya like them <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=248503">Apples</a>?

WASHINGTON: A team of university computer jockeys led by an Indian engineer has stunned the computing industry by jigging up one of the world's fastest supercomputers in record time and at record low cost using off-the-shelf components.

It took Srinidhi Varadarajan and his crew at Virginia Tech only a month and $5 million to configure a supercomputer from 1,100 Apple Macintosh machines. Typically, the fastest machines cost upward of $ 10 million ? and up to $250 million ? and they take months, even years, to build.

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At least us hokies have

At least us hokies have something to be proud of this morning. Maybe I can remove the bag from my head now.

The bag of shame must remain

The bag of shame must remain until the Miami game, where we can be beat honestly....

Well, what do you know?

Well, what do you know? Take that, John Kenneth Galbraith! So much for his argument that a "technostructure" centered in large, centralized corporations, is necessary for major technical innovation. But then, the first Apples were built with wooden housings in Steve Jobs' garage.

Okay, now that I know you're

Okay, now that I know you're a hokie, Jonathan, I have to ask--did you by any chance know a Jared Jamison at VA Tech?

Virginia, No I did not.

Virginia,
No I did not. When did he graduate? I graduated in 97. And Brian is also a hokie so maybe he knew him.

I don't know the guy either,

I don't know the guy either, unfortunately.

Let's see, I believe he's a

Let's see, I believe he's a structural engineer, which is, what, a 6 year program? So, I guess he would have graduated around 97, too. No biggie, it's not especially relevant, I was only curious to see just how small the world was.

My experience is that folks

My experience is that folks who use Apples tend to think outside the box more readily. Building a supercomputer quickly and cheaply this way sounds like a lot of fun to an engineer. Macs are fun, Windows is work. Not sure why.