Genetically Engineering Super-Cheap Supercomputers

by Schuyler Erle

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Researchers at the University of Kentucky have built a 128-node Beowulf cluster using commodity hardware, which they anticipate will break former price/performance records, at less than US$100 per gigaflop. The kicker? The cluster's network topology was designed by a genetic algorithm. (Thanks to Wes Felter for the link.)