[Beowulf] MS Cray

John Leidel john.leidel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 09:45:24 EDT 2008


I almost hate to throw this one out there, but does anyone remember the
SGI deskside series?  Challenge, Origin, Onyx.... 

These were fairly popular there in the mid to late 90's.  We had one at
GFDL up until at least a year ago.  

[I want to score one for my house to play with]

On Wed, 2008-09-17 at 06:22 -0700, Lux, James P wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> On 9/16/08 11:49 PM, "Tim Cutts" <tjrc at sanger.ac.uk> wrote:
> 
>         
>         
>         On 16 Sep 2008, at 11:07 pm, Lux, James P wrote:
>         
>         > There is a huge psychological advantage to having the
>         computer
>         > physically under your management and control.  You don't
>         have folks
>         > trying to "optimize the use of a valuable institutional
>         resource"
>         > with scheduling, etc.  You might be willing to tolerate a
>         factor of
>         > 2 hit in performance for the ability to not have to account
>         for
>         > anyone else about how much you're using or not using it.
>         
>         And then they all expect the central systems support group to
>         get it
>         running for them, and to fix it when it breaks, and to
>         generally
>         maintain it.  Suddenly you have dozens of completely different
>         systems
>         scattered far and wide across your site, and you're starting
>         to get
>         complaints that the support group are unobtainable these days
>         -
>         they're never at their desk any more, and don't seem to have
>         any time
>         to build new stuff any more.
>         
>         Tim
>         
>         
>         But how is that any different than having a PC on your desk?
>         
>         I see the deskside supercomputer as a revisiting of the
>         “workstation” class computer.  Used to be that PCs and Apples
>         were what sat on most peoples desks, but some had Apollo or
>         Sun or Perq workstations, because they had applications that
>         needed the computational horsepower (or, more likely, the high
>         res hardware graphics support.. A CGA was pretty painful for
>         doing PC board layout).  
>         
>         Same sort of thing for having the old Tektronix 4014  graphics
>         terminal, rather than hiking down to the computer center to
>         pick up your flatbed plotter output.
>         
>         Jim
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