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Old 14th December 2009, 09:42   #1
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Default University of Antwerp uses NVIDIA GPUs to Build SuperComputer, Again. Fastra II

The ASTRA group tested some NVIDIA Tesla units but were not satisfied due to the high price and the fact that current Tesla units feature a maximum of four GPUs. While gamers do not get linear improvements by adding additional GPUs in SLI or CrossFire systems, doubling the number of GPUs in a GPGPU system like FASTRA will nearly double the performance. Therefore, the scientists once again decided to use off-the-shelve 3D gaming hardware for the creation of FASTRA II. This time the job was more complicated though, the new system features 13 GPUs and a custom BIOS from ASUS and Linux kernel hacks were required to get it operational. FASTRA II is 3.5 times faster than the original system and is likely the fastest desktop computer in the world.

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This is incredibly old news.

//edit: oh, they made a second version. NVM
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I put that last part in italic, because we all know that this PC is not the fastest desktop "in the world", with a Core i7 920 running stock speed, there are plenty of systems out there with 5ghz monsters inside and Radeon HD 5970 in QuadFire
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They got their HW from Tones.be
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Doesn't surprise me
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