[Beowulf] The Walmart Compute Node?

andrew holway andrew at moonet.co.uk
Fri Nov 9 16:05:18 EST 2007


> But this isn't a cluster - it's enterprise masturbation. We're talking about
> HPC, not running payrolls on a server. It's all about performance.
> Running a bunch of VM instances on a server is not really HPC to me.
> Of course, it's a GREAT way to learn and I know a bunch of people
> who use for testing and development.

It IS a cluster. Albeit a virtual one.

For your money you will get more bang by spending $1000 on commodity
hardware rather than $1000 on $60 walmart boards. (ram not included).

Of course, its not as half as exciting. :)
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