Calling this motherboard
one fit for a "supercomputer" is probably stretching things, but we've no doubt that Asus
' latest mainboard is built for serious abuse. The P6T7 WS SuperComputer Workstation Motherboard (catch all that?) is billed as the "most revolutionary and powerful Parallel Computing solution available to date." The board is equipped with seven (yes, seven!) PCI-Express Gen2 x16 slots and is certified for NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing. Specifically, it'll handle up to three Tesla cards and one NVIDIA Quadro card, which amounts to a grand total of 960 parallel processing cores that provide 4 teraflops of processing power.
Asus claims that this board is the perfect foundation for creating your own "personal supercomputer," and judging by the specifications, we can understand that sentiment. Four of those PCI-E slots can even be set to run in x16 link mode simultaneously, and it also natively supports both 3-way/2-way SLI and CrossFireX-on-Demand on the same motherboard. In other words, owners of this device can install up to three 3-way SLI-capable GeForce graphics card alongside a CrossFireX setup -- which is wild, any way you slice it. Additionally, the P6T7 WS SuperComputer sports onboard SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) ports, and the included Express Gate module gives desktop users access to an Instant-On operating system. Asus has yet to reveal a price, but we'll go ahead and tell you it won't be cheap.