[Beowulf] Re: ECC support on motherboards?

Mark Hahn hahn at mcmaster.ca
Tue May 20 18:14:59 PDT 2008

> If I were MS I would be real worried about this.
> But then, I'm just a cluster geek.

me too, both ;)

> Splashtop, if I understand it correctly quickly
> launches a lightweight Linux capable of running
> certain applications like firefox.

I treated myself to an asus eeepc recently - even loaded with 
all the stock software, the install consumes 650M.  I think it's 
a reasonable point of comparison - you can criticize the eeepc 
(unimpressive battery, not many pixels, etc), but it's really quite useful. 
as a desktop, with a comfortable display and a normal amount of ram 
(incredibly cheap these days), and less speed/power compromise on the cpu, 
it would be impressive.  easy to imagine working well for 80% 
of all computer uses.  pretty disruptive...

come to think of it, Apple should be concerned as well, even if their
main market is >$1k pcs (other than ipods, of course).

obligatory cluster content: does anyone know how to go about 
scraping up $30k or so to buy ~100 eeepcs for a performance/installation
art piece?  the idea is to hang them throughout a hall, a wifi-connected
cluster that attendees walk through, interacting via webcam, audio, video.
call it cloud computing ;)

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