If you are looking for a desktop supercomputer cluster that can use X86 or a mix of X86 and GPU coprocessors to run simulations, then Russian supercomputer maker T-Platforms has a machine for you. Or rather, it will by this fall. It's called the T-Mini P, and it is basically a P8000 blade enclosure mounted on wheels. Not so you …
Windows and HPC?
Some people will try anything.
This looks messy
Did I read it wrong or there is no backplane?
You still have to wire the the nodes to the switch using external wiring on the back of the cluster. This is fugly and definitely under the usual high standard of T-platforms engineering.
You know, a skinny node with six Trinity dual-core + HD6000 class graphics, 17W chips might be kinda interesting. The individual CPU cores are pretty wimpy, but that's quite a lot of single-precision GPU goodness for 17W, and with eight of these nodes you may get a surprising amount of flops/$.
Just thinking ...