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MSU Maverick Supercluster Fun Facts

Memory Facts

Maverick currently has 480 Gigabytes of memory (230 x 480, or, 515,396,075,520 bytes)

  • 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.

Performance Facts

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.

Physical Facts

Maverick currently resides in 6 equipment racks with 32 systems in each rack.

  • 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.