[Beowulf] Re: Finally, a solution for the 64 core 4TB RAM market
jason at acm.org
Thu May 28 10:45:01 EDT 2009
And Mark Hahn writes:
> while I like the idea of these being available, I wonder where the
> real (big) market is.
You mean other than commercial / HR databases that were built on
Sun's SMPs and now have a questionable upgrade path?
Likely replacing current mid-range, <100-node clusters with a
single box. MPI code still runs, you gain easy access to threaded
code, and the sequential/slow parts are faster. The main
difference will be in I/O, but bumping the memory way up will make
I/O less important for many uses.
Not considering memory, prices a bit below 20+ dual-core nodes +
interconnect cost would make it a no-brainer. Depending on the I/O
and memory density trade-off, and assuming the manufacturing costs
are reasonable, this could support a pretty large profit...
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