[Beowulf] Re: Cooling vs HW replacement

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Fri Jan 21 15:10:31 EST 2005

On Fri, 21 Jan 2005, David Mathog wrote:

> > 	2. higher reliability - typically 1.2-1.4M hours, and usually 
> > 	specified under higher load.  this is a very fuzzy area, since 
> > 	commodity disks often quote 1Mhr under "lower" load.
> Exactly.  It's very, very hard to figure out just how much reliability
> one is trading for the lower price.  Anecdotally, for heavy disk
> usage, it's apparently a lot.  Anecdotally, for low disk usuage,
> ATA disks aren't all that reliable either.

Has anyone observed that a megahour is 114 years?  Has anyone observed
that this is so ludicrous a figure as to be totally meaningless?  Show
me a single disk on the planet that will run, under load, for a mere two
decades and I'll bow down before it and start sacrificing chickens.

Humans don't live a megahour MTBF.  Disks damn sure don't.


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