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For the past four years I have been bending, drilling, and swearing at pieces of sheet metal. My goal? To create a personal cluster by cramming four MicroATX motherboards into a single PC case with a single power supply. I also wanted a true desk side unit that was low cost, cool, quiet, provided some serious FLOPS, and of course looked good.
Development efforts were successful and have spawned a commercial version of the Limulus personal cluster. The current version achieved 200 GFLOPS running HPL (the Top500 linpack benchmark). Keep in mind, these are general purpose CPU FLOPS from off-the-shelf hardware and not GPU FLOPS.
There is plenty more to write about, but for now there are two important things to remember:
Hurry the drawling is on January 5th 2012. Update: the contest has been extended until January 20th, 2012. It was suggested to wait until the spring semester starts at most colleges and universities. We hear you.