[Beowulf] Off-the-wall: WRF Model and PS3's (or Cell)

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Fri May 16 15:37:36 EDT 2008


Bernard Li wrote:
> Hi Gerry:
> 
> On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 6:48 AM, Gerry Creager <gerry.creager at tamu.edu> wrote:
> 
>> Has anyone seen a citation or reference for actually running WRF on a PS3
>> cluster?  I've got an itch to deploy a 16-PS3 cluster (gigabit intersinnect
>> <sigh>).  That said, it's too much money to squander if there's not some
>> indication it'd show improvement over a "normal" cluster.
> 
> Just make sure that whatever application you plan to run on the PS3
> cluster is not memory-intensive.  The PS3 only has roughly 200MB (I
> forgot the exact number) of memory available to Linux.

Apparently the folks at TeraSoft can bulk that up a little bit.  To, 
like, 2GB, or so I'm told.

Thanks, Gerry
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