/. MS vs. university Beowulfs

Eray Ozkural erayo at cs.bilkent.edu.tr
Fri Feb 22 14:01:03 EST 2002


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On Friday 22 February 2002 18:49, Robert G. Brown wrote:
> need to be stable -- months of flawless uptime under load is not too
> much -- and M$ operating environments are not exactly world-reknowned
> for their operational stability.  And of course I could go on -- this is
> a perrennial discussion on the list with plenty of content in the
> archives.
>

We have a small research cluster, 32 nodes, that can work perfectly for 
several months without requiring any attention from the *two* actual 
sysadmins including me.

Plus, those nodes don't even have video cards or keyboards which windows 
would require. I can't believe if those guys are serious, don't they know 
that managing even a *single* windows system is more expensive (in time and 
money) than a small beowulf cluster?

> Still, I wouldn't mind a real >>summary<< (as in short and to the point)
> of current clustering state-of-the-art on e.g. W2K or WXP clusters, but
> please, for the love of God Montressor, not a recurrence of the usual
> mix of MS marketing bullshit and do NOT call a M$ cluster "a beowulf" as
> it isn't...;-)

As someone on /. said, maybe a grendel. hehe. BTW, there _is_ a beowulf 
system called grendel, funny :)

- -- 
Eray Ozkural (exa) <erayo at cs.bilkent.edu.tr>
Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent University, Ankara
www: http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/~erayo
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