Serverworks LE versus VIA Chipset
Markus.Lechner at munich.netsurf.de
Fri Dec 22 09:50:25 PST 2000
i make it as short as possible:
There were a few articles in the ct, a german magazine months ago pointing
out what the PS2 can be in the near future:
Playstation 2 plus will run linux, it has an ethernet-card buildt into it -
well, no gigabit.
You need no monitor and no keyboard, just as nodes need to be.
It falls under the supercomputing restrictions in japan! So it's only
exported and is not allowed be be sold in japan itself.
The system is capable of playing more than 256 mpg's simultaneously and this
without stressing the machine even a bit. No joke.
My company wait's for them because you can build cheaper and faster beowulfs.
Ok, the ethernet is only 100mb/s but the machine is in itself so highly
parallel that it can beat a normal pc-based beowulf.
It's hard to compare PS2+ and PC but it turns out that the PS2+ beats the PC
in almost every respect.
I remember that the number of calculations done in a second when using a PS2+
are way of higher than a PC could do.
The chips inside the PS2+ are build with a new technology, much higher
integration than possible even with the new technology which Intel said it
will come out with in a few month.
Please dont ask me for numbers, i will search for the old articles and post
the relevant parts if i find them.
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