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  Building a Beowulf cluster super computer
Assembly of Calvin’s supercomputer took place this winter. Professors and students cooperated in assembling the cluster consisting of 16 high-end PCs, two higher end workstations to control them, a fiber-optic network to allow the PCs to communicate with each other and software that enables the cluster to act together as a single supercomputer. The supercomputer has more than 100 times the power of the Cray-1, one of the world’s first supercomputers from the mid-1970s. The supercomputer is funded by a $163,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to computer science professor Joel Adams. Research on the computer will begin this summer.
 
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