World’s second fastest computer

(The fastest computer is the same thing but running a better operating system.)

Hat tip: Joe, copied from here.

Comments

  1. #1 jj
    July 31, 2009

    Man, I just geeked out hardcore…

  2. #2 Azkyroth
    July 31, 2009

    Wow, that’s a lot of hard drives…

  3. #3 Sojournposse
    July 31, 2009

    Great video!

  4. #4 Jason Thibeault
    July 31, 2009

    Does anyone want to re-build this thing and try Ubuntu on it? If so, my fees will be extraordinarily reasonable; just provide the hardware, some food and coffee, and a well-ventilated room for a day or so.

    Oh, and a trampoline.

  5. #5 Virgil Samms
    July 31, 2009

    Wow, that’s a lot of hard drives…

    Those are SSDs – solid state drives. They cost a lot more than hard drives.

  6. #6 rap
    July 31, 2009

    Thanks for this post. My friend living near the Eiffel Tower may need to look into this. However, I am skeptical at drug companies and their promises. I wonder if this will be another one of those “lifetime treatments” or cures

  7. #7 jj
    July 31, 2009

    Those are SSDs – solid state drives. They cost a lot more than hard drives.

    Ans, they do not have as high of capacity as conventional drives although this is changing. Hence all the drives, which can actually make seek/write times faster, due to using RAID. One wonders what type / how many RAID SATA (I assume not SAS) controllers are in that rig.

  8. #8 Marty
    August 1, 2009

    Is that a critical error at time marker 2:27 I see?

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    August 1, 2009

    Marty: Well spotted!

    Indeed, since they never mention anything about crashes I assume they are working in full Windows Denialism Mode. (WDM) so we have to take this whole thing with a grain of salt.

  10. #10 aporeticus
    August 3, 2009

    Did they do a defrag? Never defrag an SSD. Unless you want to wear it out for no performance gain.

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    August 3, 2009

    aporeticus: This is why they should do this with Linux. There is no defrag in Linux.