[Beowulf] modular motherboard prototype

Bruno Coutinho coutinho at dcc.ufmg.br
Fri Aug 21 15:17:34 PDT 2009


2009/8/21 Greg Lindahl <lindahl at pbm.com>

> On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 12:04:09PM -0700, Lux, Jim (337C) wrote:
>
> > We can guess, though.. It's an ARM running at 72 MHz, for which they
> > claim 64 Dhrystone MIPS. Some of those are going to be burned in
> > interprocess communication. The LPC2368 (which is what they use)
> > datasheet says it draws 125mA at 3.3V running at 72MHz. (I'm pretty
> > sure that doesn't include power to drive I/O pins, which is
> > separately supplied).  That's about half a watt.  So they're getting
> > about 128 DMIPS/Watt
>
> In comparison, a Sheevaplug is $100, 1.2 Ghz ARM, 15 watts max for the
> whole thing, and you can use gigE networking and program it with MPI.
> I suppose it depends on how weird you like your hobbies to be :-)


They extended the fast array of wimpy nodes to a matrix of wimpy nodes!  :-)
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