[Beowulf] Rackable / SGI
jmdavis1 at vcu.edu
Thu Apr 2 19:36:18 EDT 2009
Stuart Midgley wrote:
>>> So, to get back to the original discussion, SGI disappearing from the
>>> landscape means one less option to choose from.
>> You think SGI designed the hardware for their non-shared-memory
>> clusters? I don't thnk so.
>> -- greg
> No, SGI use supermicro. But that isn't really the point. They did
> design their own shared memory systems and they will be sorely missed
> if they are not continued. We were really looking forward to a large
> shared memory x86 system. Hopefully it still eventuates.
> Having just purchased a heap of nehalem systems from SGI, the one
> thing we love about them is their fleet-of-foot. I can ask SGI for a
> quote, they understand what I want and get back to me within a day, no
> stuffing around. I ask Sun/IBM/HP for the same quote, 2 weeks later,
> 6 or 7 phone calls, 3 visits I still don't have a quote. Once they
> get it in, it is, without doubt, considerably more expensive and we
> have usually placed a PO with SGI 2 weeks prior.
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My experience is the polar opposite. SGI quotes took forever. And that
situation goes back to the mid 90's. I can usually have a Sun quote in
SGI produced some really good hw for crunching numbers. I used
everything from Indy, to Origin2000's, to Origin350's. I also tried some
of their initial PC hardware in 2000 or so. i was also impressed with
their field Engineers. I hired one when he was laid off in 2001. But I
never had a timely response oin a quote request.
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