Va Tech Get Top Honors For System X (Big Mac)

Virginia Techis System X -- the US$5.2 million supercomputer comprised of 1100 PowerMac G5s originally known as Big Mac-- has put the school squarely in the middle of the supercomputing landscape, and has garnered accolades and inquiries from nearly every corner of the globe. Little wonder as System X ranks as the third fastest supercomputer in the world, and it cost many millions less than other systems of its caliber.

Now, the Blacksburg, Virginia university can claim another award; The Computerworld Honors Program has named Virginia Tech as the recipient of this yearis Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Award in Science. The school received the honor for having the best information technology application in the world of science.

Hereis more information from the Roanoke Times article, Tech supercomputer wins top honor:

On Monday, a committee of top executives from the worldis biggest technology companies named Techis supercomputer the "best IT [information technology] application in the world in science" at the 2004 Computerworld Honors Program banquet in Washington, D.C.

Tech was selected from among more than 250 projects submitted by universities, corporations and groups in 26 countries.

"Virginia Tech is using information technology to make great strides toward remarkable social achievement in science," Daniel Morrow, executive director of the Computerworld Honors Program, said in a statement announcing the award.

"The materials submitted on behalf of Virginia Tech will enrich the programis growing collection on the Information Age, and help build an accurate record of the truly outstanding achievements being made in these remarkable times."

Read the full article at Roanoke Times