Michael Dell's former school (the University of Texas) uses them. Paul Bell's alma mater (Penn State University) does, too. And now Kevin Rollins' alma mater uses Dell Inc. supercomputing clusters, as well.
Dell recently installed six new supercomputing clusters, using 682 servers, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The connection between the Dell executives and their former schools' purchases is coincidental, the company said. Meanwhile, IBM Corp. reports that Louisiana State University is installing a Big Blue supercomputer. LSU is the alma mater of Ravi Arimilli, the IBM Austin scientist who led the development of the Power 5 chips that power the servers in the cluster.