[Beowulf] HPC Market Question
toon at moene.org
Wed Jan 14 15:01:52 EST 2009
Douglas Eadline wrote:
> Fellow HPC types:
> I have been running a micro-poll over at
> Linux Magazine asking about how the
> economy has effected your 2009 plans.
A (somewhat) related question.
In December 2007 I bought a quad core home PC (actually, if you go by
the labels on it, it's meant for teenagers to store their
pirated^H^H^H^H^Hdownloaded movies and songs on).
It functions perfectly for running test versions (top-of-trunk) of our
Weather Forecasting code, using Debian testing, Open-MPI and GNU Fortran
on the grid we used until October 2006 operationally at the Dutch
Normally, I would retire this machine end-of-2010 (3 years is a
reasonable time period for the economic viability of a computer).
However, I haven't seen any progress in capabilities in home computers
in the past 14 months (other than that most are now sold *standard* with
4 Gbyte - apparently 64-bit Vista is now a "working" option).
So what I'm thinking of is to replace it in 2010-2011 with a blade solution.
But I have no idea how to price these things. If I want to spend
roughly the same amount of money I spent on this home machine (1000-1200
Euros), what can I expect ?
Thanks for you insight ...
Toon Moene - e-mail: toon at moene.org (*NEW*) - phone: +31 346 214290
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