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Photos: Supercomputers at SC05

The hardware thoroughbreds of the computing world will get an airing at the Seattle supercomputing conference this week.
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Photo: Inside Altix 4000

Silicon Graphics plans to show its new Altix 4000 system, which can accommodate as many as 512 Itanium 2 processors, at the SC05 show, which kicks off Nov. 14 in Seattle.

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Photo: The Altix 4000 box

Silicon Graphics plans to begin selling the Altix 4000 system in the first quarter of 2006.

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Photo: Top dog Blue Gene/L

The Blue Gene/L supercomputer, located in Livermore, Calif., heads the Top 500 list of supercomputers formally released at SC05 on Monday. Last month, the machine broke its own record as the fastest in the world.

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Photos: Linux Networx cluster

Linux Networx plans to announce its LS-1 technical computing cluster at SC2005. One rack can accommodate as many as 40 dual-processor machines.

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Photos: Cooled cluster

The new high-end LS-X technical computing cluster from Linux Networx is set to go on display at SC2005. One rack can accommodate as many as 24 four-processor machines connected by a high-speed network. The gray ductwork on the sides channel cool air through the machine.

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Photo: Power to the p5-575

At SC2005, IBM is showing an as-yet-unreleased model of its p5-575 server for high-performance technical computing.

The new model uses IBM's Power5+ processor, with either eight processor cores running at 2.2GHz or 16 cores running at 1.9GHz. The new systems use a faster memory subsystem and copper cooling fins, compared to current aluminum-fin modles.

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