decent performance from G4 Macs?
ron_chen_123 at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 13 19:39:29 EDT 2002
--- Mark Hahn <hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca> wrote:
> I'm doing some benchmarks to evaluate whether
> current Macs would make suitable nodes for a serial
> farm (lots of nodes, preferably fast CPU and dram,
> but no serious interconnect.)
Physics or bioscience code?
> I've tried a variety of real codes and benchmarks,
> but can't seem to get something like a Mac G4/800
> with PC133 to perform anywhere close to even a
> I'm using either the gcc 2.95 that comes with OSX or
> a recent 3.1 snapshot (which is MUCH better, but
> still bad).
What compiler are you using for the P4?
> is it just that the performance Apple brags about is
> strictly in-cache, and/or when doing something ah
> specialized like single-precision SIMD
Apple has some libraries that take advantage of the
> is anyone using Macs in clusters, and what kind of
> are you observing?
AFAIK, there are several people using MacOS X in
clusters, the SGE (Sun Grid Engine) project has a port
for Mac OS X.
May be you should ask for the experience in setting up
Mac OS X compute farms. SGE is specifically written
for that environment.
SGE Open source site:
Search for "Mac OS" in the mailing list Archive.
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