[Beowulf] Survey on beowulf.org -- and a drawing for a video iPod
Robert G. Brown
rgb at phy.duke.edu
Fri Apr 13 07:27:55 PDT 2007
On Fri, 13 Apr 2007, Sean Dilda wrote:
> Tim Cutts wrote:
>> I find the initial question essentially impossible to answer. The whole
>> point of beowulf computing is that you can build it out of almost anything.
>> Most of the software is community driven. The ideas are community driven.
>> The leaders are the community, not any one company. The hardware is
>> commodity. I can't even name one when pushed to; I don't use any cluster
>> software I had to buy, and the vendors who made my hardware are pretty much
>> incidental - I could have used anyone.
>> And that answer to the first question makes the subsequent questions even
>> more impossible to answer.
> I'm glad I'm not the only one that had that problem. For any relatively
> large site, you're going to end up with a mostly custom configuration, even
> if you start with a vendor's products.
Ya, well, I just said exactly that in my own response. Question one is
a text box, at least, not a bulleted list.
That does make many of the rest of the questions a bit "odd" to answer,
but with a small chance at a real live iPod at stake, heck, I put down
SOMETHING for the answers and leave it up to the survey designers to
interpret the results.
Of course if I win I'm stuck with the usual problem that AFAIK the ipod
won't play oggs, mp3's are encumbered and a lawsuit waiting to happen,
and apple's own format, while maybe not exactly closed, is not what my
40GB ogg music collection is in and I do NOT want to go back and rerip
all of my CDs (since of course I am absolutely religious about not
violating the DMCA -- or at least not by much -- and only rip within the
confines of prior personal ownership and acceptable use). So I'd rather
have a 60 GB iRiver, actually, or something else linux/ogg
> For the cluster I setup here at Duke, its run by open source applications
> that were pieced together by hand instead of being part of a packaged cluster
> distro. A friend of mine used to run a pre-packaged setup (Rocks, I
> believe). After a year of that, he came to me and asked how I set mine up.
> He found that having everything put together for him meant he knew how none
> of the pieces worked together, so he was lost when something broke. Being
> able to build the pieces himself allowed him to see how the setup worked
> together and be better able to diagnose problems on site.
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