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    Talking Ever fancied collecting supercomputers?

    Dan, a good friend of HEXUS over at Armari has a soft spot for crays. He shows Ryszard his collection.
    If I were so inclined, and I'm not a small guy, I could quite easily climb inside an empty T90 chassis, into the cooling chamber. And partially empty was what Armari's T90 was until recently. Collecting the chassis is all well and good - they are spectacles of computing history in their own right - but Dan likes to have them functionally complete, even if they'll never crunch another vector calculation again. So having secured the T90 chassis from a UK institution, as it and its sister T90 were being decommissioned, he set about laying the groundwork for obtaining the CPU, I/O and memory boards needed to build the T90 into a full 32 CPU T932.


    Some jaw dropping stuff in the article! Check it out here

    This article is creating a LOT of interest and is practically maxing out our servers. So, if things are a little slow to respond right now, you have my apologies, but things are settling down.

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    Having looked at the article, are we sure that the second cray machine isn't something that's normally found somewhere near a Stargate :-O I'd be watching out for the Goa'uld if I were them.....

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    Top class article

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    Very nice article .

    I have to say I'm impressed with the design skills of the Cray company. The T3D is very impressive while the T90 is almost out of film set .

    What exactly is the reason they will never work again? Is it really because of security reasons .
    If so surely that is a bit unrealistic seeing as you can make a perfectly reasonable supercumputer by clustering off the self parts
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    Wow. I wonder what sort of modern setup would compare to their computing power?

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    Re: Ever fancied collecting supercomputers?

    The author mentioned the desire for a photo of the PSU switch... well, I was at Armaris about 7 years ago, and Dan gave a friend and I the tour...

    Sadly the forum won't let me post a picture or url to the photos I took , but you can look up kylegordon on flickr, and find the "The Cray T3D" set in there.

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    Re: Ever fancied collecting supercomputers?

    Quote Originally Posted by kylegordon View Post
    The author mentioned the desire for a photo of the PSU switch... well, I was at Armaris about 7 years ago, and Dan gave a friend and I the tour...

    Sadly the forum won't let me post a picture or url to the photos I took , but you can look up kylegordon on flickr, and find the "The Cray T3D" set in there.
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