Only if the RenaultF1 logo wasn't ING-branded.
But yes. If this idea materializes, I'm buying one (need a new PC anyway in the next year or two - mine's already a few years old). I doubt teams will spring for that quite that early, but I'm already wasting hours a day with the PC barely doing any work, so I might as well help F1 make cheaper progress. Considering the advertisement benefits, teams and their sponsors might actually "subsidize" these, and offer cheapish high-end machines in return for x
amount of calculations per month? I'm digging the idea of a Renault-sponsored i7 8800GT SLI setup
They'll still have to get the hang of splitting CFD calculations into separate batches: I doubt our PCs could finish a high-quality simulation in less than a week of pure running, nevermind on/off screensaver-type work, and to run just a single part would be of little use, considering the airflow interacts between parts.
I believe that only ATI offers double precision GPU's, and the 8800GT is actually rather old now. I believe you would be after the Triple SLI G280's...
I don't see teams subsidizing, as much as making a profit from the licensing of their brand for these workstations. It would be a double whammy for the teams to cut costs by dropping to 20Tflops, and actually MAKING money by being branded on these PC's. It wouldn't be anything special, but you would need to have ATI 4xxx series, or nVidia G280 series for the DP calcs.
I can see the Overclockers having a field day with this by stretching their machines to the bleeding edge to squeeze out more cals per second, but I wonder if that may be the single point failure here...
Would it be possible for an OC'd machine to actually give false data? Especially if it was pushed too far.
Now AMD's new Deneb core, which has been OC'd to 6.123Ghz on liquid nitrogen in a quad crossfire setup with 4 of the new 4970x2's (RV775 coming 01/09) would give you a 2Tflop desktop for under $5k. Not bad when 10 of them ($50k USD) could max the new regs...
I wonder if Renault is chewing their liver over their $55M uber computer now?