Top 500 trends

Michael Huntingdon hunting at ix.netcom.com
Mon Nov 25 19:49:56 EST 2002


Pure and simple, there are those applications and computing environments
that require more. One size does not fit all.

At 07:21 PM 11/25/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>On Mon, 2002-11-25 at 18:20, Ken Chase wrote:
>
>> Anyone have stats on the top 500 in FLOPS per $?
>> 
>> Does anyone care? ("no.") Shouldnt we? Isnt that what Beowulf (but
>> HPC itself, obviously) is about?
>
>I would like to see columns for acquisition costs, maintenance costs
>(including #of admins, average admin costs), facilities costs
>(installation mandated updates, such as power, cooling, etc), electrical
>costs, cooling costs.
>
>Building the fastest machine when you have infinite budget is a neat
>exercise, it just isn't terribly relevant to most people.  I look at
>those machines as usually non-commercially viable one-offs.  
>
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