SCIT XGrid clusters
The School of Design, Communication and IT manages 2 separate ad hoc clustering systems, meaning that clients join the cluster when they are free or otherwise instructed to. One cluster runs Apple's xGrid Technology, the other a proprietary animation rendereing cluster technology.
Although the xGrid cluster can compute a range of programmed mathmatical computations/requests, the School uses it for image processing when rendering and compressing video footage into required formats for editing and output.The most power the cluster has registered is 313 processors totalling 751GHz of processing power, and 592GB RAM.
The second cluster works only with the School's chosen animation software Cinema 4D, and renders animation output into a number of different formats. The most nodes we have had attached to this cluster to date is 121. To give a real world example from our own use, this cluster has output one project which took 16days to process on one machine in just under 6hrs.