ASUS have outed their first supercomputer, and while you might associate the term with rooms packed full of ominous black totems, the ASUS ECS 1000 is actually a simple desktop. Despite the compact size, the ECS 1000 manages to hit speeds of up to 1.1 terraflops courtesy of NVIDIA graphics cards; the 3.33GHz Intel LGA1366 Xeon W3580 is paired with three NVIDIA Tesla C1060 computing processors and a single Quadro FX5800.
Supercomputers are large machines that occupy large rooms packed with cabinets holding numerous processors, lots of storage, and lots of RAM. These types of supercomputers are used for research and all sorts of scientific endeavors. A company called SGI has announced a new computer that sits at the desk side that it calls the Octane III Personal Supercomputer.