MSU Maverick Supercluster Fun Facts
Maverick currently has 480 Gigabytes of memory (230 x 480, or,
- It can remember the equivalent over 97 million typed pages.
- If these pages were stacked, the stack would be almost 6.1 miles high.
- If the pages were laid end-to-end, they would stretch for almost 16,840
miles, or about 2/3rds of the circumference of the earth at the equator.
Disk Storage Facts
Maverick currently has almost no local disk storage. All of the compute nodes
are diskless. The head node has an 18GB system disk.
Maverick currently has a theoretical peak performance of about 2.350 Teraflops
(2,350,080,000,000 floating point operations per second).
- According to the Top500 Supercomputer Sites list
published in June 2004, Maverick was the 158th most powerful computer
in the world with a measured Linpack performance of 1.389 Teraflops.
- If you are really quick with a pencil and could perform one floating
point calculation per second, it would take you about 74,520 years to
calculate by hand what Maverick can calculate in one second.
- If all 250 million Americans were each performing one floating point
calculation per second simultaneously, it would take them 2 hours and 37
minutes to complete what Maverick could do in one second.
Maverick currently resides in 6 equipment racks with 32 systems in
- It requires 25 tons of air conditioning, enough to cool six average sized
(2000 sq ft) houses.
- It requires approximately 70 kVA of electricity.
- It weighs approximately 3 tons (6,000 pounds)
- It requires 36 square feet of floor space, and yields a theoretical peak
performance of 64.03 Gigaflops per square foot.
- There are nearly 2000 feet of 4x copper InfiniBand cables (more than 1/3
mile), over 1000 feet of category 6 twisted pair cables and 270 feet
multi-mode fiber optic cables used to connect the nodes.