Our 16-GPU Monster-Class Supercomputer

the world’s most compact (18"x18"x18") and inexpensive ($3000) supercomputer

Built as part of a collaboration between the Cox Lab (Rowland Institute at Harvard) and the DiCarlo Lab (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT).

A longer description is available at the Cox Lab web page of this project.


  • more than 8 teraflops of theoretical performance
  • around 4 teraflops of performance (mainly 3D convolutions)



  • GNU/Linux
  • Python, C, C++, Cython
  • CUDA, PyCuda

more pictures on flickr


  • Graphics cards: 8x NVIDIA 9800GX2
  • Motherboards: 2x MSI K9A2 Platinum 790FX
  • CPUs: 2x AMD Phenom 9850 2.5 GHz Quad Core
  • Memory: 8GB OCZ
  • HDD: 2x Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB
  • Cooling: 2x Rosewill CPU Coolers and 14x 120mm Fans
  • Case: Mountain Mods Duality Custom Case
  • PSUs: 2x 850W Zalman ZM850-HP and 2x 750W Silverstone


  • Computer parts: less than $3000
  • Graphic cards: generously donated by NVIDIA

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