[Beowulf] Virginia Tech upgrade

Trent Piepho xyzzy at speakeasy.org
Tue Jan 27 18:04:11 EST 2004


On Tue, 27 Jan 2004, Joel Jaeggli wrote:
> one wonders why they didn't just wait g5 the close relationship to apple 
> and the fact that xserves were basically justaround the corner. unless of 
> course it had to be in this years top-500 list and the motivation is as 
> much political/econmic as practical...

Exactly.  They said before that one of the reasons they went with apple was
because they could get them the system in the timeframe (top-500 list it would
seem) that they needed.

The xserve has ECC memory, which will bring the performance of their cluster
up to what they say it is.  Their performance now is half the published value,
since they need to run everything at least twice to have a reasonable
assurance that their results are correct.

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