Xbox clusters?

Jeff Layton jeffrey.b.layton at lmco.com
Thu Dec 6 11:55:54 EST 2001


"Roger L. Smith" wrote:

> On Wed, 5 Dec 2001, Brian LaMere wrote:
>
> > advancedclustering.com, for instance.  For $2537, you get dual p3- 1ghz cpu,
> > 18gb 10krpm hotswap scsi, and 2 gb ram.  All in a 1-U package, all with a 1
> > year warranty.  Extended warranties available.
> >
> > Why the hell use HP/IBM/Compaq?  Cost almost 3 times as much.  If I put
> > together at 100 node advancedclustering cluster, for the same HP price
> > you'll make a ~40 node cluster.  So...I can have half of my systems be dead
> > at any one point and be waiting for replacement, and /still/ have far more
> > systems online.
>
> I can tell you that IBM and Compaq are not "almost 3 times as much", at
> least not for us!  We recently bought 128 dual 1GHz PIII systems (1U) x330
> systems (to add to the 164 dual 1GHz PIII SGI 1100 systems already
> in-house) from IBM and paid only a slight premium over those "home-made"
> type vendors.
>
> For this premium, we receive a 3 year warranty (3x the warranty you
> mention).  When I have a hardware failure, I make one phone call an IBM
> service engineer comes on site and fixes it.  Plus I have other goodies
> such as dual PCI slots in a 1U chassis, advanced system management
> processor, and their console cable chaining technology.
>
> As we analysed which vendors to use for our cluster system, we took a lot
> more into account than flops/$, and we are quite pleased with our
> decision.

Sounds like IBM is buying business again...

Jeff


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