[Beowulf] MS Cray
kyron at neuralbs.com
Wed Sep 17 12:18:06 PDT 2008
Gus Correa wrote:
> Hi Gerry and Beowulf fans
> Gerry Creager wrote:
>> Gus Correa wrote:
>>> Here is the link to the CX1 on the Cray web site:
>>> You need MS Explorer to customize/price it.
>> I just knew you had to be wrong, but sure enough, I can't see config
> Thanks for your trust!
>> It's a show stopper for me. If I need IE to buy the system, it's not
>> likely to happen until A) there's an IE that runs natively on *nix,
>> and B) it doesn't have the myriad problems associated with IE in the
> BTW, the Cray web site was changed today,
> and now I can configure/price the CX1 from Linux/Firefox.
I think I heard the "Oh crap!" from Cray from here when one of their
employees must have noticed the remarks on the BW ml ;)...this might
also explain why I was hitting errors on the page these past 2
days...nice QA ;)
> Gus Correa
>> I do admit to a sinking feeling when I noted that the front page (and
>> of course, the subsequent pages) were ASPX...
>> I suspect Microsoft has been listening here. I also suspect this
>> machine will do ok in the business world, but somehow I doubt they're
>> gonna see significant headway in a lot of the scientific arenas. If
>> you aren't computer literate, you're not likely to port a complicated
>> model from *nix to Windows, nor are you likely to write a significant
>> piece of code. I've a geodesist friend who DOES write solely for
>> Windows, but that's a conscious choice by someone who was a talented
>> computer scientist first, and a geodesist later in life. He uses
>> Windows because, well, mainly because the folks he teaches, and
>> writes code for, do. However, he's the exception.
>> The CX1 looks like something I'd love next to my desk -- with Linux
>> on it -- to accomplish testing before I take something to the big
>> iron. It might even allow me to pre- and post-process my data for
>> hurricane WRF runs. It's not hefty enough to let me do those runs in
>> the timeframe I require otherwise.
>> It's a tool, not a solution.
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