[Beowulf] Gen - 1 Clusters
steve_heaton at ozemail.com.au
Sun May 8 22:11:49 PDT 2005
I think Mark's right upon further consideration. The current generation
DC's are essentially 2xSC's in the same packaging, more so Intel's offering.
Moving slightly OT...
I read recently where a journo asked Intel "So what will dual core do
your your average desktop, corporate user?" The reply included the
standard waffle, vague mention of power users, multimedia etc etc. The
real gem was that it would allow users to run real time virus scanning
and firewall protection without slowing the "work" applications!
With that kind of approach to dual core I'm not holding my breath for
"smarter" DC designs from Intel anytime soon!
Like many others I suspect, my hopes turn to AMD that they will continue
to see performance as a differentiator (please forgive the marketing
term). The Opteron, hyper transport, PCI express combo seems like
quality performance design. For that I think performance Beowulf = AMD
at the moment.
Remember back in the middle ages (1980's) when Compaq owned the top tier
of PCs? They pretty much ignored the middle and bottom teirs, happy to
be the top dog. Alas, they weren't making enough dollars from the top
end - it hurt. They reentered the middle tier and the bank was much happier.
In a bizzare kind of way, IMHO, I think Intel has forgotten the
"middle". They do very well with the commodity, they have the summit
with Itanium (for what it's worth). But there seems to be a weakness at
the snow line. Will the bottom and the top be enough to keep them alive
Just my A$0.02 :)
> On Fri, May 06, 2005 at 06:36:23PM -0400, Mark Hahn wrote:
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