Build your own supercomputer, the HP way

How to build your own supercomputer: Take a few off-the-shelf, stripped-down PCs, add some network switches, a maze of Ethernet cabling and some home-grown Linux software, and you’ll be well on your way. Hewlett-Packard, together with a national laboratory in France, tried this recipe out. To the great surprise of many scientists, it worked. What they ended up with is the I-Cluster, a Mandrake Linux-powered cluster of 225 simplified PCs from HP that has benchmarked its way into the list of the top 500 most powerful computers in the world

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