Probably only a very few of my readers remember these.
spaghetti machine
Each of those black boxes is an enclosure containing two RLX Technologies blade computers. Everybody knows about blade computing now, but back in 2001 these Crusoe-based babies were the whole game and Chris Hipp was the guy who made them happen. His insights about power efficiency and density and ease of management for large “farms” of small machines changed the industry, and had a very specific echo in SiCortex. Besides that, Chris was a great guy to work with and very generous about letting even someone like me get their hands on what must have been scarce prototypes. His sudden passing at 49 is a loss to computing, and to the world in general.