[Beowulf] MS Cray

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Wed Sep 17 12:58:27 EDT 2008



Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:

> Also, as one would expect, the hardware premium is hefty.  A compute 
> blade with dual Xeon E5462s, 16GB RAM (8x2GB), and an 80GB HDD is $6656. 
> Without even trying too hard I can get a similarly configured 1U node 
> for $4400.  So that's a 50% markup on nodes, not to mention the almost 
> $9K for the chassis.  Of course, that's before any discounts.
> 
> Maybe it's my miserly ways, but I just don't see the value proposition 
> here...

What about a bundled bumper sticker saying something like "my other 
computer is a Cray" ...  Thats gotta be worth something... right?

Way way back I remember internal discussions in SGI (or SGI/Cray if you 
prefer) that went something like "you can't paint a box purple and 
charge 3x the price".  Some thought you could.


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