The MareNostrum in Barcelona is Europes biggest Supercomputer to date. The Photographer Simon Norfolk has documented it with a series of amazing images (like the one shown). The MareNostrum is housed in an old Chapel and thus according to Simon it has become a Divine container for the omnipresent super brain or perhaps alternatively the anti-divine emotionless incontemplateable other. Simon recalls Kubriks HAL in Space Odessey and Jacques de Vaucansons Duck in 18th Century France as defining moments of mans relationship with machine, I would also add the name which means ‘our sea’ reminds me of Solaris by Stanislav Lem where we see an Alien Sea unknowable by man. Bldgblg points out that
In any case, because all harddrives are actually geological objects â€“ careful rearrangements of minerals under the influence of manmade geomagnetic fields â€“ then these are mathematical terrains in the most exciting sense: the surface of the earth dreaming of spherical velocities inside otherwise undetectable stellar detonations.