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Sandia donates 242 computers to northern California schools

September 23, 2015

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SNL's Mitch Williams prepares to disassemble the 242 computers
Sandia National Laboratories electronics technologist Mitch Williams prepares the disassembly of 242 computers for delivery to Northern Humboldt Union High School District in McKinleyville, California.

Retired computers used for cybersecurity research at Sandia National Laboratories have found a new life at Northern Humboldt Union High School District in McKinleyville, California.

Thanks to Sandia, 242 computers were donated to the school district to help improve the math and science education curricula in five schools serving seven communities on California’s rural northern coast. The computers also will help improve technical and science education research activities at the district.

The computers were used as virtual machines at Sandia’s California site to emulate large networks of computers. Sandia’s California site ran hundreds to thousands of virtual machines (full instances of an operating system such as Windows) on each physical machine. A cluster of 521 machines could emulate a network of up to half a million computers, as described here.

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