In 2000, a Russian computer genius named Alexander Ivanov just finished college and went to the Moscow university of higher education for gifted students. No one actually knows of him because he did not reveal his job untill late this year.
For five long years, Ivanov was working on a computer prototype for Moscow University (MU) and he came up with some crazy theories and some hi-tech stuff that blew the barriers that Microsoft and Mac had established.
At the beginning of the expo 2005, Alienware introduced a enw Dual Graphics card that controlled the screen. 2 cards, 2 parts, amazing quality. Later that year, Maxtor announced the new 1TB hard disk that they worked on. Still, because of the price range, and because Windows XP (and lower) did not work well on hard disks bigger than 120G, they did not realease it to the public. Instead, many Data Centers purchased those HD's and used them as space providers. Early this year, MIT students came up with a way to use a 4 port RAM mBoard extention to try and use a 5Gb of RAM. Experiment failed miserably. The "mega computer" loaded the Solaris based system and in 34seconds, it blew up into peaces. "When you fail, try again. When that doesnt work, hide all facts that you even tried." Thats what happened.
June 2006. Alexander Ivanov tells his university teachers that his final project was a mega computer that would blow their minds away. He worked in an isolated lab for more than a month and came up with what he called the A.I.P.C. , named after him.
Al though there are no official images, the 2 double PhD professors that actually tested the computer described it, when they first saw it, as a "fat mac 5".
Using a base from a mac 5 and other materails, Ivanov had build an oversize box to fit all the components inside. He was using a operation system that he himself created. The box was aroung a meter wide , 60cm deep and 50cm tall. Inside, one could see trough the glass case, a oversize motherboard and other normal computer parts. But then...something attracted the teachers' eyes. Instead of a simple RAM slot, there was a custom built slot that integrated 10x1G RAM memory sticks. That wasnt all. For that much memory, there had to be a reason. So they just raised their eyes. Mounted on a stainless steel rack inside the "fat" case, were 7 custom built, "fat" Hard Drives that combined lead to a total space of 10Terra bytes of space.
The processor chip that was driving the powerful monster was a simple re-design of a AMD dual core Gold chip that Ivanov paid an enormous amount of money to get built. 14 fans were cooling down the enormous machine and 2 smaller ones were dealing with the CPU.
And how does it run, may you ask?
Well, no information has been disclosed about this at this time. The information provided here was scattered of a few sites and people that I know. If you get more information on the IAPC project, please let me know.