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By Anand Parthasarathy
Srinidhi Varadarajan, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Terascale Computing Facility at the Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, U.S., initiated the venture where 1100 units of the dual-processor Apple `PowerMac G5' PC were strung together in a cluster and computed 7.41 trillion operations per second (teraflops).
This would make it fourth in the current ranking of the world's 500 most powerful computers the fastest is the Japanese Earth Simulator which achieves 35.8 teraflops.
Dr. Varadarajan is the author of a prize winning software package called "Déjà vu'' which provides stable operations to such large clusters of computers and incidentally fuels the Virgina Tech configuration.
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