Indiana University claims fastest supercomputer

Which college or university has the fastest supercomputer of all? According to a list compiled by industry experts, Indiana University's "Big Red" supercomputer, an IBM e1350 BladeCenter Cluster, is tops.

The system boasts 2,048 processors and 4TB of main memory and is being used for research in life sciences, weather forecasting and physics.

USC comes in second among U.S. universities, with a Pentium4-based cluster, and Virginia Tech rounds out the top three with an Apple-based cluster featuring Xserve technology and PowerPC chips.

Of course, Big Red is only 23rd among all supercomputers in the world. The fastest cluster is IBM's BlueGene, owned by the U.S. government, which has an amazing 131,000 processors.

The TOP500 list is compiled twice a year with the help of high-performance computer experts, computational scientists, manufacturers and the Internet community in general. The full list was introduced in Dresden, Germany, at the International Supercomputer Conference.

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