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With Cisco Systems launching its first server/system product today, the other server makers of the world were looking around to see what kind of news they could scrape up. Over at Sun Microsystems, the news today is that the South African Department of Science and Technology has funded a hybrid Sparc-Xeon supercomputing cluster …


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  1. Andre


    Err great and all that but with the monopoly on international bandwidth how are they going to share all that data...?

  2. JP Strauss

    Who's going to supply the electricity then?

    'nuf said.

  3. Stuart Van Onselen

    @JP Strauss


    Lots and lots of hamsters running in little wheels.

    Have you seen the CSIR's feed bill lately?

  4. Dale


    Presumably all that computing power is needed to overcome the logistical nightmare of counting all the votes of South African expats living overseas who have just been re-enfranchised by the Constitutional Court, at great expense to the South African economy. See what you lot have done?

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Hmmm, a Sun HPC cluster to replace a HP Cluster

    The humanity!

    Where's MB when you need him!!!

  6. David Halko
    IT Angle

    I wonder why...

    I wonder why, "Sun is also building a visualization system for the supercomputing center and linking it all up with InfiniBand switches from Voltaire"

    SUN has a set of InfiniBand Switches....

    Ranging from 0-288 nodes...

    to 13,824 nodes...

    Is there a sweet-spot somewhere in the mid-range of nodes on the South African super computer to make the SUN InfiniBand Switches cost-effective?

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