[Beowulf] The Walmart Compute Node?

andrew holway andrew at moonet.co.uk
Thu Nov 8 13:03:45 PST 2007

Im still not convinced, bang for buck your going to get more
clustering this junk than buying commodity hardware. Benchmarks at the


On 08/11/2007, Jim Lux <James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:
> At 09:36 AM 11/8/2007, Peter St. John wrote:
> >Recently, probably you noticed, Walmart began selling a $200 linux PC.
> See, e.g., http://home.earthlink.net/~jimlux/beowulf/walmart.htm from 2002
> >(Apparently the OS is just Ubuntu 7.10 with a small xindow manager
> >instead of Gnome or KDE). Now Slashdot points to
> >http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5305482907.html, the MB being sold
> >separately for $60 ("development board"). It has 1.5GHz CPU,
> >unpopulated memory (slots for 2GB), one 10/100 connection. Does this
> >look to y'all like fair FLOPS/$ for a kitchen project? I'm thinking 6
> >of them as compute nodes per 8 port router, with a bigger head node
> >for fileserving. (actually I'll use a spare room but you know what I
> >mean). An arrangement like this might be faster RAM access per core,
> >compared to multicore, since each core has no competition for is't own
> >memory, right?
> >Thanks,
> >Peter
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