Category: Apple Computer, Inc.

January 17, 2005

Cal Poly Chooses Mac Minis for Supercomputer

1 million-node computer the largest in the world

17 January 2005 --- /Denounce NewsWire/--- California Polytechnic Institute and State University announced they are building a massive supercomputing cluster using one million Apple Computer Inc.'s new Mac Mini computer with 64-bit G4 processors.

When completed, the cluster of 1,024,163 nodes is expected to rank among the most powerful in the world, Cal Poly said in a statement. The university, which is in Pasadena, has been working with Apple for several months to adapt the new Mac Mini for its cluster.

The Apple cluster will reside at Cal Poly's Computing Center and will be used by the university's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

More details will be released next week about the cluster, a professor at the university said.

DeepFreeze Technologies Inc., which released a statement about the project yesterday, supplied the liquid nitrogen and special sealed containers into which all one million Mac Minis, plus their power and network connector cables, shall be dunked. "The cooling system for the Mac Mini cluster will be the most sophisticated ever undertaken," said a DeepFreeze representative.

Rather than stack hundreds of Mac Minis together in rack configurations, Cal Poly has chosen to fill a large Olympic-sized swimming pool with liquid nitrogen, and then dip the array of all one million Minis into the supercooled pool. "This will cut our cooling bill by about 95%," the University said.

Clustering technology is a popular choice of educational institutions that want to deploy supercomputing power without spending a great deal of money on a large machine. Apple's new Mac Mini is said to offer excellent floating-point performance, a key requirement of many scientific computing applications. Plus, it requires no keyboard, mouse, or monitor, and its tiny size is ideally suited for clustering.

Shipments of dual-processor Mac Minis to regular customers were supposed to start on January 22, but many users have reported on Apple enthusiast sites that their shipments have been delayed, most likely due to the enormous $600 million order from Cal Poly. "The sheer size of their order would tend to bump them up in priority a bit," an Apple representative said.

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September 10, 2002

Apple to Force Users to Buy MacOS X Starting January 1, 2003

Users Must Either Purchase and Install MacOS X or Throw Their Machines Away

Cupertino, CA /DenounceNewswire/ -- 10 September 2002 -- Apple Computer announced today that starting at 12:01am on January 1, 2003, all Macintosh computers -- new and old -- must have MacOS X installed and running or they will not function. All software applications not written for MacOS X will cease to run as of that date.

A few years ago, Apple quietly began shipping a special version of the Macintosh ROM chips built into every Mac. These ROMs contain special microcode that will be activated on January 1st and will detect whether a Mac is running the current operating system or not. If it is not, the machine will shut down and refuse to boot again until it detects a MacOS X installation CD-ROM in the CD drive.

"We want all of our users and third-party developers to switch to MacOS X once and for all," says Steven P. Jobs, CEO of Apple. "I wasn't happy with the rate of adoption so we have implemented this program to force users to upgrade or hit the road."

At the May Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, CA, Jobs berated an audience estimated at 140 by displaying a Mac OS 9 product box in a coffin with funereal music playing over the PA system. "If you're still developing for something other than OS X," he warned the crowd, "cut it out right now, or I will personally see to it that you are removed from the Apple Developer Program."

Apple's "Get With the Program" program is intended to achieve 100% market penetration by the end of the first week of January 2003. To remind non- MacOS X users to upgrade, Apple will immediately commence sending a recorded personal video message from Steve Jobs to each and every laggard user. The message, stored as a 27-mb QuickTime file, will be sent each hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from now until December 31st. Each email will have a different subject and sender to hamper attempts by users at filtering the message as spam.

"We are serious. Either get with it, or get lost," says Jobs.

About Apple Computer
Apple Computer is wholly-owned subsidiary of NeXT Inc, which acquired the ailing hardware company in 1997 and forced it to abandong the old MacOS and convert NeXTSTEP to MacOS X. Users have been reluctant to upgrade to the flashy new Unix-based operating system, resulting in desperate measures such as the "Get With the Program" program.

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