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Researchers at Virginia Tech have strung together 1100 Dual Processor Power Macintosh G5 computers and build what may be the world’s second-fastest supercomputer, according to this article in Wired News by Leander Kahney.

The fastest supercomputer in the world is currently the Earth Simulator, a building-sized computer in Japan that cost $350 million to build. It has a speed of 35.6 teraflops. This computer, by contrast, has a theoretical peak of 17.6 teraflops and cost just $5.2 million to build.

I wanted to review a Dual Processor G5 for my column in Technology Review, but Apple didn’t want to provide me with one. It sure looks like a nice machine, though….

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