[Beowulf] Newbie Question: Racks versus boxes and good rack solutions for commodity hardware

Mark Hahn hahn at mcmaster.ca
Tue Dec 16 17:03:38 EST 2008


> super computers(to put is a bit simplistically) So why would one use an
> expensive stand alone machine with eventually limited capacity? If it were

right - you can't scale a single box much, or cheaply.  but there are
scalability issues for clusters, too.  even ignoring that, there are lots of
TCO-related reasons to prefer a single machine over a cluster, if you can.
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