Xbox clusters?

Velocet math at
Wed Nov 28 11:04:55 PST 2001

On Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:50:46PM -0500, Josip Loncaric's all...
> Microsoft's Xbox packages a 733 MHz Pentium III, 64 megabytes of memory,
> a DVD drive, 100 Mbps Ethernet, and an 8-gigabyte hard disk for about
> $300.  This would make it a reasonably powerful cluster node with an
> excellent price/performance ratio.  Of course, the thing runs a
> slimmed-down variant of Windows 2000 instead of Linux, but has anyone
> discussed making an Xbox cluster?

Why bother when for about $300 USD you can put together a
cluster node with a 1.333GHz athlon with 256Mb of DDR ram?

Sides, who brought 'price/performance' onto this list? Dont know thats never a
factor on the beowulf list? :)

> Sincerely,
> Josip
> P.S. Sony's PS2 Linux Beta Kit has been announced this April in Japan
> (see or
>,4586,2712751,00.html).  Xbox
> will probably not see anything similar from Microsoft.  Other game boxes
> may be less powerful, but may have better prospects with Linux.  
> -- 
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