[Beowulf] MS Cray

Eric Thibodeau 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:
>>> http://www.cray.com/products/CX1.aspx
>>> You need MS Explorer to customize/price it.
>> I just knew you had to be wrong, but sure enough, I can't see config 
>> options.  
> 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 
>> past.
> 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.
>> gerry
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