/. US DOE gets a $24.5 Million Linux Supercomputer

Rayson Ho raysonlogin at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 17 18:38:22 EDT 2002


What OS does the machines run?? If it is IA64 HP-UX, we need to
subtract out a few more million dollars...

Rayson

--- Tim Carlson <tim.carlson at pnl.gov> wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, Richard Walsh wrote:
> 
> > Stream numbers for this 1.5 GHz chip (estimated) would be around
> > 250 MFLOPS for the triad. Using the triad as a baseline for
> performance
> > for this and several others systems and relating it back to
> > some estimated cost for several other systems (government purchase
> > price only, no recurring costs) this is $70 per MFLOPS sustained
> > for the Mckinley (again using triad) ... or more than the CRAY SV2
> > ($65), EV6($55), EV7 ($50), Pentium 4 ($30).
> 
> I don't think you can calculate the cost at $70 without subtracting
> out a
> few million dollars for various parts. Off the top of my head
> 
> 1) 53 TB SAN
> 2) 1.8 TB RAM
> 3) Quadrics interconnect
> 4) 117TB local storage
> 
> The list just had a discussion about the cost of Quadrics. People
> were
> guessing something like 3K per box?
> 
> I haven't seen the actual breakdown of costs, and I'm sure it is
> under
> some NDA anyway.
> 
> Having said that, I don't work for the MSCF folks, and I don't want
> to
> speak for them. :)
> 
> Tim Carlson
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> Email: Tim.Carlson at pnl.gov
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> 
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