[Beowulf] Roadrunner shutdown

Bret Stouder brets at senecadata.com
Tue Apr 2 07:52:09 PDT 2013


A great example of why Xeon or Opteron and now PHI and Kepler make a whole lot more sense than Blue Gene or Origin.  :)  Commodity off the shelf hardware and software solutions continue to make the world go round...............





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From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Douglas Eadline
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 7:38 AM
To: Lux, Jim (337C)
Cc: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Roadrunner shutdown


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> I suspect it's a combination of factors..  power consumption is one, 
> age is another.  At a certain point, you start having maintenance 
> issues (Prentice's  #5 (and maybe the half dozen people who really 
> understand how box A works are now working on box B, Prentice's #3, 
> below), and it's time to start over.

In a similar vain, I would guess that another straw on the back of Road Runner is the fact that it is a unique design with no next generation or upgrade path.

I also know that I/O rates are an important design requirement for these machines that, of course, is not addressed by HPL rank (but makes for good news stories).

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Doug

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