[Beowulf] MS Cray
gus at ldeo.columbia.edu
Wed Sep 17 14:14:46 EDT 2008
Hi Gerry and Beowulf fans
Gerry Creager wrote:
> Gus Correa wrote:
>> Here is the link to the CX1 on the Cray web site:
>> You need MS Explorer to customize/price it.
> I just knew you had to be wrong, but sure enough, I can't see config
Thanks for your trust!
> It's a show stopper for me. If I need IE to buy the system, it's not
> likely to happen until A) there's an IE that runs natively on *nix,
> and B) it doesn't have the myriad problems associated with IE in the
BTW, the Cray web site was changed today,
and now I can configure/price the CX1 from Linux/Firefox.
> I do admit to a sinking feeling when I noted that the front page (and
> of course, the subsequent pages) were ASPX...
> I suspect Microsoft has been listening here. I also suspect this
> machine will do ok in the business world, but somehow I doubt they're
> gonna see significant headway in a lot of the scientific arenas. If
> you aren't computer literate, you're not likely to port a complicated
> model from *nix to Windows, nor are you likely to write a significant
> piece of code. I've a geodesist friend who DOES write solely for
> Windows, but that's a conscious choice by someone who was a talented
> computer scientist first, and a geodesist later in life. He uses
> Windows because, well, mainly because the folks he teaches, and writes
> code for, do. However, he's the exception.
> 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 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.
> It's a tool, not a solution.
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