Friday, November 16, 2012

zBox4 Construction: a supercomputer in 24 hours

What happens when you have a herd of turbonerds, 24 hours and the need to crunch lots of numbers? You get a cool video of a number crunching cluster being built!

The Institute for Theoretical Physics in Zurich needed an upgrade to the existing zBox cluster and the decision was taken to built the zBox4. Several details on the construction can be found here.


This monstrous beast is running Scientific Linux, a distribution oriented towards labs and universities and specially designed for clusters. With a theoretical value of 282 GFLOPS per CPU, this has a peak performance around 108 Teraflops, an impressive number that would be a candidate for the top500 list.