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Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at
Tue Nov 26 21:14:39 PST 2002

Would that be a kilochicken?

Dean Johnson wrote:
> On Tue, 2002-11-26 at 13:12, Greg Lindahl wrote:
>>On Tue, Nov 26, 2002 at 10:14:32AM -0600, Dean Johnson wrote:
>>>Now if only Shuttle would introduce their liquid immersion box
>>>and avoid the heatpipe altogether.... ;-)
>>; immersion is not necessary. This is how the
>>new Cray X1 is cooled. In theory it could hit the mainstream in ~ 5
>>years. It is the only technology I have seen capable of dealing with
>>the power density of a small server built using Itaniums. So it
>>doesn't attack the real issue (high watts/GFlop), but it papers
>>over it nicely.
> Not nearly as nifty as the full immersion. I'm not talking useful or
> effective, just cool looking. I have little doubt that put side-by-side,
> a Cray-2 would attract curious onlookers nearly 100% of the time, versus
> an X1.
>>>I still like the characterization about whether you would want your
>>>Oregon-bound wagon pulled by 8 sturdy oxen, or a thousand chickens.
>>google says someone claims the real quote is:
>>"If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use? Two strong
>>oxen or 1024 chickens?" -- Seymour Cray
> A lot of his attributed quotes are apocryphal or misquoted. My version
> actually was allegedly came from someone else while I was in the Cray
> benchmarking group. However it could have been a modernized paraphrase
> of a Seymour quote, owing to the fact that it was about the same time as
> the Y-MP was coming out.
> 	-Dean
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