Almost 20 years ago, a supercomputer called the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) Red became fully operational at Sandia National Laboratories in the US.
It was a big beast: 104 cabinets covering 2,500 square feet (230 m2). It consisted of 6,000 200MHz Pentium Pros, 1,212 gigabytes of total distributed memory and 12.5 terabytes of disk storage. The supercomputer, built by Intel, was then ranked the number one supercomputer in the world. It cost $46 million at the time to build.
It was the...
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