p8170121, originally uploaded by matt_tovey.


What to do with several hundred soon-to-be-scrapped Itanium CPUs?

Inspired by the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
(http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/chiptrivet), I decided to
tile my desk with them. This is the result.

For the record:
– there are 434 Madison 9M chips on the desk.
– list price for the lot in 2006 was over US$800,000.
– the chips and glass plate have made my desk about 50kg heavier.
– my desk now contains about 2.8 TFLOPs of computing power. That’s about the same
as 900 3.2GHz P4s.

From here: