Supercomputers, Powered by MIT Cycling Team

The MIT Cycling Team set a tentative world record for human-powered computation. A group of ten cyclists powered a 1.2kW Sicortex SC648 supercomputer for 20 minutes as it conducted a nuclear fusion simulation. I've previously read about MIT cyclists using computers and wind tunnels to use their power more efficiently -- Ivan Basso enlisted their help; apparently the computers demand that the MIT cyclists return that power in kind. It was in part an advertisement for the Sicortex, which specializes in the low-powered supercomputers that made this stunt possible.

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