Personal supercomputer

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Personal Supercomputer providing 4 x16 PCIe Slots with nVidia K20 GPU Servers, Dual Intel 10-Core E5 XEON processors, 192GB RAM
A Mac Pro (Late 2013 model).

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A personal supercomputer (PSC) is a high-performance computer system with capabilities and costs between those of standard personal computers and supercomputers. They allow an individual or organization to have access to a significant amount of computing power and are often used for a single purpose. They are typically built by the user, but commercial models are available. Although considerably more expensive than a personal computer, PSCs are affordable to many people.

Architecture[edit]

A common way of building a PSC is syncing several computers with fast networking (commonly dual gigabit Ethernet switching per processor) linked by a gigabit network switch. Some PSCs[1] use clustered GPUs. For example, the TYANPSC uses 40 Xeon processors to achieve 256 gigaflops.

Applications[edit]

They can be used in medical applications for processing brain and body scans, resulting in faster diagnosis.[2] Another application is persistent aerial surveillance where large amounts of video data needs to be processed and stored.

Examples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ganapati, Priya (August 3, 2009). "Personal Supercomputers Promise Teraflops on Your Desk". Wired.com. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  2. ^ Wardrop, Murray (2008-12-05). "World's first personal supercomputer unveiled". Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-07-08.