[Beowulf] distributed file storage solution?

Michael Will mwill at penguincomputing.com
Tue Dec 12 10:12:49 PST 2006

There are only high margin vendors as far as I know. Think $10k license
per I/O node.  

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Subject: Re: [Beowulf] distributed file storage solution?

| Just as an FYI, I would recommend that whatever you decide on, you 
| develop a "show me" attitude and test it at your location using your 
| job mix BEFORE you spend a dime on it. They you can decide how much 
| time and money it will take to make it work.

have you had success with this approach?  I'm pretty sure vendors would
have laughed at us if we asked for it, though for something small (few
TB, <100 clients, etc), I'm sure it would work.  then again, anyone
could do that sort of small project on a weekend.  if you have hundreds
of clients, expensive (non-Gb) interconnect, multiple racks,
power,cooling,floor needs, I don't think you'll get a lot of people
offering to do full demos for you.

in short, if you do this, aren't you effectively pre-selecting
high-margin vendors?
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