[Beowulf] dollars-per-teraflop : any lists like the Top500?

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Thu Jul 1 13:00:30 EDT 2010


Greg Rubino wrote:
> I have to say I partially agree with Prentice.  I don't know if
> prestige directly translates into revenue, but if your a huge company

Thats the thesis that I am saying I do not believe to be the case, and 
Prentis is (as far as I understand it) indicating that he believes this 
to be the case.

If a discount doesn't translate into revenue (e.g. no return on 
"investment"), then what does it translate into?  The accountants will 
tell you.

> and your platform is the first one upon which some new innovation in
> HPC is implemented (cutthroat or not), you have a huge opportunity on
> your hands.  I guess it depends upon the terms under which you took
> that initial "loss" (s/loss/risk/g).

Thats marketing.  Few companies list marketing as a profit center.  It 
is an expense.  It reduces the bottom line.

No one is denying the marketing cache' of a nice PR win.  However ... 
marketing cache' doesn't often turn into cash (or, more accurately, 
profitable revenue).

Which is the basis of what I am arguing.



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