Building a beowulf with old computers

ds10025 at cam.ac.uk ds10025 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Mar 10 03:25:37 EST 2003


Thanks for reply.

Will any cluster  monitoring works on such a low spec PCs?


Dan
At 20:01 09/03/03 -0500, Robert Myers wrote:
>Robert G. Brown wrote:
>
>>The sad truth is that cluster nodes have an ECONOMICALLY useful lifetime
>>of somewhere between 18 months and 3 years, depending on lots of things,
>>although one can arguably get work done out to 5 years on nodes that
>>require no human time to run or repair that other people are paying to
>>feed and cool.
>>
>>
>That makes a strong argument for considering energy consumption when 
>building a cluster in the first place.  Lower energy consumption = Lower 
>energy cost, longer economically useful life = Lower TCO/year.
>
>Same argument works for server blades, and I'm amazed that energy costs 
>don't come up as a consideration more often.
>
>A researcher at LANL has built a cluster based on Transmeta chips called 
>Green Destiny, making the energy cost argument, which is documented in
>
>http://public.lanl.gov/feng/Bladed-Beowulf.pdf
>
>He claims a much lower TCO for his Transmeta-based system, but only a 
>small part of the claimed savings is electricity costs.
>
>RM
>
>RM
>
>
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