[Beowulf] Ethernet break through?
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Tue Apr 3 14:16:51 PDT 2007
> you say that, but don't PS2 and PS3 make ideal compute nodes for some
> applications like rendering and 3D and 4D (time as the 4th) ?
I doubt it. while gaming consoles are admirably commoditized (actually
sold at a loss in some cases), they're designed with constraints different
from a cluster. for instance, looking pretty, or working well in a
livingroom environment. or playing music, or reading hd-dvd's, etc.
as render nodes, I don't think they're all that good, though perhaps
effective for the price. I would guess that for rendering, you would do
the very best to use last-gen cards in the $150 range. should be able to
put two in a machine - sli support not necessary. such cards have probably
had a respin to give them smaller/cooler chips, as well.
I'd guess that the ethernet in gaming consoles is also not great.
> Xboxes make good web servers for small scale. and use less energy than a
> equivalent Piii or P4 system :-)
gross. webserving is so easy that tiny embedded chips to a good job,
and something like a via low-power would do a great job. 95% of a game
console would be wasted as a webserver.
> end desktop. it's just risen in the gaming market because people want games
> which need greater computational power. likewise with gaming computers, they
unclear. the gaming market is driven by eyecandy, and I sometimes wonder
whether, for instance, humans can even see jaggies at 60 fps. so much of
the gamer market is driven by what game-geek sites say about blowups of
stills of particular frames.
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