Hypnotic Timelapse Of An Aussie Supercomputer Being Built

If you've never seen a supercomputer in the flesh, the name is a little misleading. They don't look as clean as it sounds. More often they're banks and banks of individual units networked together to form a single hivemind, a gigantic mess of cables, stacks and fans.

To give you an appreciation of how much work goes into putting one together, here's a timelapse video of one being put together at my alma mater, the Australian National University. Its full name is pretty great: the official title is the "Fujitsu Primergy cluster high-performance supercomputer".

Construction of the NCI supercomputer - timelapse video [YouTube, via RiotACT]


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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k32Bwy9rha4

    Super computer video that is actually interesting.

    [quote]They don’t look as clean as it sounds. More often they’re banks and banks of individual units networked together to form a single hivemind, a gigantic mess of cables, stacks and fans.[/quote]

    Still looks cleaner than my PC.

    Once upon a time people used to take pride in the appearance of their supercomputers. They were pieces of wonderous design, unique in appearance, instead of just a bunch of server racks shoved into a fluro-lit room. I guess they've become too numerous now for anyone to really care how they look.

    But I do love das blinkenlights at 0:53.

    No. A super computer is a a few dozen big frames made of Kinex sticks with little blue motherboards stuck in them. I know coz James Bond told me so in skyfall.

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/post/8/2012/11/ponedservers.jpg

      I can almost see the bond computers as a ghetto version of the ones in the video I posted above. Except there are no heat sinks or fans on the bond ones and that just seems really silly to me. Not to mention the horrible environment they are in.

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