Asus and NVIDIA unveil ECS 1000 desktop supercomputer

Most of us are probably more familiar with Asus as the company that started the netbook revolution with its line of Eee netbooks. The little machines are now offered in more flavors than most of us care to consider. In fact Asus recently had specs on a couple new Eee netbooks leak called the 1201N and the 1201HA.

Asus isn’t only about netbooks though and this week the company unveiled a desktop supercomputer called the ECS 1000. The machine uses a trio of NVIDIA Tesla c1060 computing processors along with a single Quadro FX5800 for graphics. The computer is aimed at scientific research image manipulation and engineering uses.

The main CPU for the computer is the 3.33GHz Intel LGA1366 Xeon W3580. The three Tesla c1060 cards have a total of 960 graphics processing cores inside. These Tesla GPGPUs are marketed by NVIDIA as alternatives to traditional CPUs that need more power and are not as fast. Overall the machine measures 445mm x 217.5mm x 545mm. Storage for the machine is to a 500GB SATA HDD and the power supply is good for 1100 watts. The machines are ready to ship according to Asus but the company won’t offer pricing.