[Beowulf] Alpha beowulf: True64 or Linux?

John Leidel john.leidel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 03:55:28 PDT 2007


Of course, there is ASCI Q at LANL.  It was quite a large [compaq] Alpha
w/Quadrics install running Tru64.  I'm not sure what HP is charging for
Tru64 these days, but you could certainly get by running something like
Gentoo linux quite well.

BTW, what interconnect are you planning to install?

On 9/26/07, Mark Hahn <hahn at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
>
> > I've heard of people making clusters out of Alphas running Linux before
> -
> > can't remember where, but I did see someone had done it.
>
> my organization did (and does, actually).  we had several clusters of
> ES40's, most running linux.  one (which I admined) ran tru64.
> we've since coalesced all the ES40's into one cluster, which we still
> run (under linux).
>
> tru64 is about what you'd expect: obsolete in many ways compared to
> fast-moving linux.  but at the time, advfs was pretty nice in being able
> to add storage pools together vaguely like zfs.
>
> > So I'd be tempted to say don't bother with an Alphaserver cluster at all
> any
> > more, but if you are going to have one, it can be made to work with
> either
> > OS.
>
> our ES40's (4G, 4cpus, elan3) still get used reasonably well,
> and are fairly stable.  but in the academic environment, we don't pay
> for space or power, so they're pretty close to zero cost.  if we thought
> we could get anything for them, we'd consider ebay'ing them and buying
> modern hardware...
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