[Beowulf] MS Cray

John Leidel john.leidel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 10:21:43 EDT 2008


On Wed, 2008-09-17 at 10:01 -0400, Joe Landman wrote:
> Gerry Creager wrote:
> 
> > The CX1 looks like something I'd love next to my desk -- with Linux on 
> > it -- to accomplish testing before I take something to the big iron.  It 
> 
> This is something I suspect you will be able to do.  The CX1 may support 
> Linux (and it wouldn't surprise me if it had that as an option).

Indeed... it supports RedHat.  Oddly enough, no mention of SLES.  Cray
has been running SLES on their XT login/service nodes for quite some
time.  I'm curious why they changed horses.  

> 
> > might even allow me to pre- and post-process my data for hurricane WRF 
> > runs.  It's not hefty enough to let me do those runs in the timeframe I 
> > require otherwise.
> 
> Heh... We like the under-desktop experience, with lots of fast disk and 
> big pipes to the disk.  Honestly, this looks like the direction for most 
> of "smaller" HPC that can run locally under your own control.  The big 
> iron/heavy metal for the large (non-prototype) jobs.
> 
> > 
> > It's a tool, not a solution.
> 
> Yup.  Lots of folks get lost in this, thinking that a solution == the 
> thing they market.  Its not.  It is just one aspect of things.  A 
> product is a tool.  A solution is so much more than that (and usually 
> starts with a statement of a problem ... otherwise it is a solution 
> searching for a problem).
> 
> Joe
> 
> > 
> > gerry
> > 
> 
> 

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