[Beowulf] SGI to offer Windows on clusters

Andrew M.A. Cater amacater at galactic.demon.co.uk
Sun Apr 15 23:44:47 PDT 2007

On Sun, Apr 15, 2007 at 10:01:58PM -0500, Mike Davis wrote:
> Joe is right about the stability factor.
> Stability, stability, stability.
> Mike Davis
Debian: released every 18 months - two years. Guaranteed to support 
previous version for a year after release. Seamless upgrade path - well, 
nearly :) 

17,740 packages in Debian main. Pure 64 bit distribution. Some
Beowulf-type software already packed. Runs out of the box on 
Alpha/Sun/AMD64 (and will deal with legacy 32 bit hardware 
identically so that you can have the same app. on cluster and desktops
if you really must.) 

Supported by (at least) HP (and IBM if you ask them) on their hardware.

Licence cost $0, annual Linux vendor support fee cost $0. Network 
updates readily available from more than one mirror site per country 
where feasible.
What's not to like ? :)

This very quickly, as I must get dressed for work. I'd like to come back 
to this point in more detail later.


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