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Case Modding With A Chapel

Chapel Torre Girona

This is the Chapel Torre Girona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. What, from the exterior, looks like a place of worship is, in fact, the best case mod ever. Inside of the 19th century chapel sits the most powerful supercomputer in Spain, the MareNostrum.

The deconsecrated chapel provides an unlikely structure for housing a modern supercomputer. Inside, the PowerPC-based computer sports 2,560 JS21 blade computing nodes. Each of these has 2 dual-core IBM 64-bit PowerPC 970MP processors running at 2.3 GHz for 10,240 CPUs in total. RAM measures in at 20 TB and there are 280 TB of external disk storage. Performance on the LINPACK benchmark hit 62.63 teraflops sustained and 94.21 teraflops peak.

But who cares about that. It’s gorgeous.

[Image Credits: Dark Roasted Blend, Barcelona Supercomputing Center]

  • aastrovan

    Some religion mentioned something about worshiping false idols.
    Personally I make the sign of the cross,bow to the east,and put on my yarmulke.
    All in as they say.

  • schigleymischke

    For reasons I can't quite understand, that much supercomputer power housed in a chapel gives me scary thoughts. Nothing good can come of this.

    • I'm surprised Dan Brown hasn't worked this into one of his novels.

      • schigleymischke

        How do you know he didn't try? We should probably stop discussing this topic. Burn after reading.

    • The Professor

      My thoughts exactly. Just looking at it gives me the creeps and makes me want to hold the controls to my anti-zombie weapons.

      • schigleymischke

        Hush man. Whomever they're working for, they are obviously very powerful. It could be the Templars, the Illuminati, the Mole Men…They've got a church gutted and filled with supercomputers! These are not people to who want there business publicized, so let's just let this…Hang on. I have to answer the door.

  • topdeadcentre

    It's the new Secret Evil Headquarters for the next James Bond movie villain.

    If it isn't… it should be!

  • Ah, now there's a good Latin name. MARE⋅NOSTRVM is "Our Sea" which was the ever-so-modest Roman appellation for the Mediterranean.