top500 list (was: opteron VS Itanium 2)

Mof mof at
Tue Nov 18 03:31:48 EST 2003

Speaking of which, does anyone know what VT intend to use the cluster for ?


On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 06:07 am, canon at wrote:
> My true measure for the top500 would be the value of the
> science (or work) accomplished with it, a difficult to
> impossible thing to determine.  NERSC's puts all the
> emphasis on the science.  This means considering: how usable the system
> is; how hard is it to harness the full capability of the system;
> what will the sustained performance be.  Then we try to squeeze
> every cycle out of the system.  We've ran Seaborg (#9)
> with +90% utilization for years now.  We've gotten tons of
> science done with it, just like we did the T3E before it.
> It can be a little disappointing to watch your system slide
> down the rankings, when you know its still being used to do great
> stuff and its still making a large impact.  But I guess that's
> just the nature of Moore's law.

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