Microsoft and Cray have developed a supercomputer that can sit on your desk, and as CRN puts it, it doesn't cost more than a Hummer limo.
The CX1 supercomputer runs Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Windows HPC Server 2008 or Linux and starts at $25,000. It's Cray's first model to use Intel processors. It has up to eight nodes with up to 64GB of memory per node while providing up to 4TB of internal storage, reports vnunet.com.
Computerworld reports Cray says it is trying to appeal to people in life sciences, digital rendering, financial services and other fields who are playing around with supercomputers for the first time. It also will be Cray's first product to be sold online.
IDC reports that the high-performance computing market has grown 19 percent annually over the past four years.
Meanwhile, ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes looks at what $90,000 will buy.