[Beowulf] Clusters and Distro Lifespans

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Jul 21 16:09:36 PDT 2006

At 02:10 PM 7/19/2006, you wrote:
>On 7/19/06, Robert G. Brown <rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:
>> > better.
>>I think that you can come really close to this now with OTS components.
>>I have a lovely little 80 GB USB/FW drive (about the size of a
>How about the Linksys NSLU2 type devices? Again, network performance
>might not be that good and would need a bit of work :)

That's sort of the model, though.. Except with the disk drive built 
in.  There ARE small network attached storage devices available, intended 
for the home server market, but last time I looked (about a year ago), they 
all seemed to require loading a special application on your PC or MAC for 
access, probably so they could implement some sort of future Digital Rights 
Management.  The market is so competitive, I can't imagine that they'd make 
money with the hardware alone, so I assume their  idea would be to get 
decent penetration, and then sell the capability to, for instance, store 
(legally) downloaded music and/or video in connection with a third party 
content provider.  They all had quasi whizbang media player type software 
that ran in connection with their thing (store your MP3s on our server and 
play them on your PC!).

>Gerald Davies
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