[Beowulf] 32 1.3 GHz Itanium 2's on Ebay for $305

Rayson Ho raysonlogin at gmail.com
Sun May 22 20:24:30 PDT 2005

Hmm, 2 things:

1) The 3MB L2 cache itanic is much slower than the 6MB L2 version if
you look at the SPEC results. The working set of many of the SPEC
benchmarks can be cached in the 6MB L2, and not the 3MB version. But
if your working set is larger than 6MB or 9MB, then get an AMD

2) Nevertheless, the price is cheap... but the itanic motherboard is
much more expensive :(


On 5/22/05, Andrew Piskorski <atp at piskorski.com> wrote:
> FYI, while looking for something else I noticed that there's a lot of
> 32 Itanium 2 CPUs on Ebay, 1.3 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 400 MHz FSB.
> Presumably someone will bid them up in the last 10 seconds, but at the
> moment they're only at $305, auction ends in 25 hours:
>   http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6770499294
> So if anybody wants to try boarding the Itanic cheap, there you go...
> Unfortunately the only Itanium motherboards available, which are all
> duals, seem to go for over $1000 each, and are a bit out of date as
> well.
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> Andrew Piskorski <atp at piskorski.com>
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