[Beowulf] HPC Market Question

Jon Aquilina eagles051387 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 22:24:13 PST 2009


normally according to moores law new technology is released every 18 months.
right now there are the i7's which have just been released.

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 9:01 PM, Toon Moene <toon at moene.org> wrote:

> Douglas Eadline wrote:
>
>  Fellow HPC types:
>>
>> I have been running a micro-poll over at
>> Linux Magazine asking about how the
>> economy has effected your 2009 plans.
>>
>
> A (somewhat) related question.
>
> In December 2007 I bought a quad core home PC (actually, if you go by the
> labels on it, it's meant for teenagers to store their
> pirated^H^H^H^H^Hdownloaded movies and songs on).
>
> It functions perfectly for running test versions (top-of-trunk) of our
> Weather Forecasting code, using Debian testing, Open-MPI and GNU Fortran on
> the grid we used until October 2006 operationally at the Dutch Weather
> Service.
>
> Normally, I would retire this machine end-of-2010 (3 years is a reasonable
> time period for the economic viability of a computer).
>
> However, I haven't seen any progress in capabilities in home computers in
> the past 14 months (other than that most are now sold *standard* with 4
> Gbyte - apparently 64-bit Vista is now a "working" option).
>
> So what I'm thinking of is to replace it in 2010-2011 with a blade
> solution.
>
> But I have no idea how to price these things.  If I want to spend roughly
> the same amount of money I spent on this home machine (1000-1200 Euros),
> what can I expect ?
>
> Thanks for you insight ...
>
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Jonathan Aquilina
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