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

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Mon May 23 06:09:28 PDT 2005

Hi Andrew,


Additional $4990 for the intel MPI library for x86-64,
Another $4990 for Intel® Cluster Math Kernel Library 7.2 (how else to do
important numeric calculations efficient at it?)

Additional some money for licenses for intel c++ compilers. We'll save out
money for tracers and debuggers then, as software running on such platforms
usually is from the 80s and already debugged or very bad debugged anyway.

In fact i can't even find exactly the price for intel c++ for x86-64 price.
I see many different prices.

Without intel c++ you won't get performance out of itanium2 of course.

For diep (integer program) using intel c++ a 1.3Ghz itanium2 has same speed
like a K7 at 2.0Ghz or an opteron at 1.3Ghz.

I feel you can build such clusters easier and cheaper than dual itanium2


p.s. the power consumption of itanium2 is beyond all reasonability

At 04:22 PM 5/22/2005 -0400, Andrew Piskorski 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duals, seem to go for over $1000 each, and are a bit out of date as
>Andrew Piskorski <atp at piskorski.com>
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