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Supercomputing behind Wolfram|Alpha

We’ve mentioned Wolfram Research’s new computational portal, Alpha, here before. A post at the company’s blog for the new product touches on some of the computational resources needed to execute the portal’s data mining tasks

When Wolfram|Alpha launches, it will be one of the most computationally intensive websites on the internet….What computing power have we gathered in these facilities for launch day? Two supercomputers, just about 10,000 processor cores, hundreds of terabytes of disks, a heck of a lot of bandwidth, and what seems like enough air conditioning for the Sahara to host a ski resort.

More in the post, including some comments on launch partners R Systems and Dell.

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