PXE bootiing/support/ Re: Installing Linux (without CD/floppies)

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Tue Feb 18 22:52:36 EST 2003



> On Mon, Feb 17, 2003 at 07:48:26PM -0800, Jim Lux's all...
> > Anybody know if the VIA Apollo PLE 133 chipset (as used in the VIA
mobos)
> > supports PXE?  It's not entirely obvious from the website.
> > The $200 computers from Walmart, for instance, use this chipset.  And,
more
> > to what I'm interested in, VIA has a number of mobos with 12V only
input,
> > very low power, using a variety of their processors.
>
> Those low power CPUs are EXTREMELY slow.
>
> I had a 600 Mhz jobbie, and it ran the d.dppc Gromacs benchmark on
> a single CPU 25 *TIMES* slower than a 2.2 Ghz Xeon!
>
> Might be worth it for TCO over 5-10 years if your power isnt cheap, though
;)

If you are running off batteries/solar panels, then low power is a good
thing... I was contemplating buying a few and making some measurements.
Sort of a Megainstruction/joule calculation...(or a (bogo)MIPS/watt...)
>
> Also they can run fanless, so diskless nodes end up with no moving parts!
>
Fans = power

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