Greg Lindahl lindahl at conservativecomputer.com
Mon Feb 19 23:25:32 PST 2001

On Mon, Feb 19, 2001 at 08:18:32PM -0500, Alan Grimes wrote:
> Hey, I followed some links off the windoze $2000 site and came across
> some 32 way/64gb systems from Unisys! (Xenon)
> It would surely outperform a PC cluster and be WAY easier to program
> than today's beowulf software... Though I'm not sure about the price or
> linux compatability, these are really extreme. 
> Linux REALLY REALLY sucks in a lot of ways... =( 

The whole point of Beowulf clusters is that PC clusters are often way
cheaper to do the same work. And the programming thing is a religious
war; the opinion you give is often repeated by folks who like
designing shared memory machines, but all of the fastest machines in
the world use message-passing hardware.

If you want ease of programming, you need software systems like this
one, which runs efficiently on message-passing hardware while
providing a compiler-directive based interface:


-- greg

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