A stack of Apple laptops could act as a powerful supercomputer

Supercomputers are expensive to buy and run, but plugging in many consumer Apple computers that contain M1 chips might do the same job for less


November 16, 2022

Apple brand M1 model Macbook pro laptop computer

The M1 chips in some Apple MacBooks are very suitable for large computing tasks

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A cluster of standard Apple laptops could act like a supercomputer, allowing people to perform compute-intensive tasks at a lower cost.

Researchers who need powerful computers to conduct their experiments have moved away from monolithic supercomputers, which are expensive to build and maintain. Instead, they have often favored clusters of devices originally designed as desktop graphics cards. These graphics processing units (GPUs) can perform large numbers of parallel calculations, but the big question…

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