Supercomputing now available to all

Technology 11 May 2005

A personal computer that packs the processing punch of a miniature supercomputer has gone on sale in the US. About the size of small refrigerator, the DC-96 contains a cluster of 96 interconnected low-voltage microprocessors running at 1.2 gigahertz. Together they give the machine a peak computing power of 230 gigaflops, the ability to carry out 230 billion mathematical operations every second. The machine, which costs $100,000 and was developed by Orion Multisystems in Santa Clara, California, comes with a massive 192 gigabytes of memory.