/. MS vs. university Beowulfs

Eray Ozkural erayo at cs.bilkent.edu.tr
Fri Feb 22 14:05:12 EST 2002


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On Friday 22 February 2002 19:45, Doug J Nordwall wrote:
>
> The other thing that was a good point on slashdot was the cost per node.
> DO I have to license a copy of windows for every machine in the cluster?
> When you see people building clusters out of $250 machines (really, I
> know a guy who did), a $200 OS or $100 OS, or a $50 OS is a big deal.
> Especially when it's x16, or x32, or x128.
>

Yes!

Why else do you think MS would dispatch marketing droids in this territory?

What MS does not understand is that:

  If you are offering a commercial/non-free OS for parallel computing, you 
should make some cool hardware to go with it, ie not doable with plain IP 
gear.

Thanks,

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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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