hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Wed Jan 16 12:09:33 PST 2002
> This is why server-class, error-correcting hardware exists.
uh, let's not go too far! it's quite possible to drive
well-chosen and carefully-configured commodity hardware
100%, 24/7, wire-speed, platter-level, etc. but it definitely
requires a certain amount of luck/study/experience.
there are shortcuts, of course. for instance, you can buy
very nicely configured building blocks from compaq/dell/etc,
usually from their "business desktop/workstation" lines
and expect robustness under load, albeit often at a slightly
lower performance and/or higher price than white-box,
I still think that beowulf implies commodity parts, which
in many cases rules out "server-class".
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