SiCortex announced the release of a deskside version of their low-power linux cluster, the Catapult. The Catapult packs 72 processors, 48 GB of memory and 3 PCI-Express slots into a quiet, deskside chassis. The whole package draws less than 200 watts of power. The Catapult is expected to list for just under $15,000 US.
High performance computers commonly have thousands of processors today, but cost considerations dictate that only a small fraction are available to developers,” said Dr. Christopher Kerr of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The Catapult will make an enormous difference in programmer productivity by providing a deskside resource for high processor count development.”
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