As you may recall, I published a post a few weeks ago about Dell’s involvement in the launch of Wolfram Alpha, a computational search engine that is built on servers from Dell’s Data Center Solutions team.
In this video, R Systems’ CEO Brian Kucic outlines the infrastructure behind Wolfram Alpha and how it was built out in less than two weeks.
Brian says the cluster, called R Smarr, is the fastest privately owned cluster in the U.S., the fifth fastest Dell cluster in the U.S. and the 44th fastest supercomputer in the world (according to the June 2008 Top 500 list).
Wolfram also did a post on their deployment over on their blog today. The post is titled "Building Rome in a Day," appropriate for the significant amount of work that was done to bring their supercomputer online in such a short period of time.