Artifact Details

Title

SiCortex 5832 supercomputer

Catalog Number

102729200

Type

Physical object

Date

2006

Manufacturer

SiCortex Inc

Identifying Numbers

Model number SC 5832
Serial number 433-0002 On inside of two larger panels.

Dimensions

overall: 71 1/2 in x 68 1/4 in x 60 in

Category

Digital computer/supercomputer

Curator Notes

This supercomputer operated in the math building data center at Purdue University as a general high performance computing resource. It was in service from July 2008 until July 2013, when it was put into surplus inventory. SiCortex’s line of supercomputers varied greatly in computing power, and price points ranged from $25,000 to $1 million. The SC5832 was the high-end model offered by SiCortex and it employed 5,832 processors as its name suggests. It was highly energy efficient compared to most traditional supercomputers and this design lent itself to a specific subset of research applications. The team at Purdue was, in part, working with the SC5832 in order to diversify and expand the types of research applications that it and similar supercomputers could perform.

Credit

Gift of Patrick Finnegan

Lot Number

X7159.2014