[Beowulf] FYI: HPC Server 2008 hits top 25

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Jun 25 21:49:34 EDT 2008


His boss wrote fortran on OS/360 (and liked it!).  WatFOR, WatFIV, IBM 
FORT-G and FORT-H, with intermediate step manual optimization. 
atmospheric models and radar propagation models, plus a few system hacks 
(how high can the paper arch coming out of the line printer at full-rate 
pate-eject?).

   I doubt we could convince someone to free up enough systems and time 
to load Hercules up and run that way but it might be fun.  In an odd, 
perverted sorta way.

Peter St. John wrote:
> Matt,
> First, I don't understand how a "technoronin" can have a boss :-)
> I only saw OS360 through Brook's Mythical Man Month; by the time I did 
> fortran on big iron it was VM/CMS. But if you have the hardware drawing 
> power already, then sure, cluster 'em :-)
> Peter
> 
> On 6/24/08, *Matt Lawrence* <matt at technoronin.com 
> <mailto:matt at technoronin.com>> wrote:
> 
>     On Tue, 24 Jun 2008, Peter St. John wrote:
> 
>         MS isn't famous for new development (as scientists see "new
>         development")
>         but a few hundred engineers would not be such a big investment
>         for them.
> 
>         I'd be more interested in a comparison of that many whatever,
>         quad core
>         xeon? running linux vs MS's running Cluster Server 2008. CP/M
>         could be a
>         pretty powerful OS if it ran on enough nodes :-) and of course I
>         think of XP
>         as CP/M v.99 (approximately) (although that isn't fair to VMS,
>         the forebear
>         of NT)
> 
> 
>     I'm sorely tempted to try to run a cluster of OS/360 systems just to
>     say it has been done.  Should be pretty easy using Hercules/390.
> 
>     Since my boss reads this list, I'm not sure if he will be amused or
>     appalled at the idea.  probably both.
> 
>     -- Matt
>     It's not what I know that counts.
>     It's what I can remember in time to use.
> 
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