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Students and a few wandering professors at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich had a perfect weekend when they scraped together the funds to buy the parts for their zBox4 homegrown supercomputer and assembled the two-rack beast. This is the fourth generation of homegrown machines that the ITP …

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48 racks of space for storage?!

48U of rack space, maybe.....

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Homegrown?

It looks to me like they went to the shops with 3/4 million dollars and bought some high end off the shelf components. Nice kit, nice machine and all that but where is the home grown part?

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That wasn't quite 24h..

They're Swiss, which means that (a) someone planned this well beforehand and (b) there is probably some custom engineering in there which will have taken a bit more time to prepare (the alu sheets they use as mounting surface are a good example of that).

Having said that, the ETH does some awesome stuff, so I'll probably hop in in a few days and have a look at this thing in the umm, flesh metal. I'm interested in how they keep this thing cool..

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Did anyone see ..

.. *any* sign of anti-static measures taken?

Just curious..

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