[Beowulf] Re: Finally, a solution for the 64 core 4TB RAM market

Jonathan Aquilina eagles051387 at gmail.com
Fri May 29 00:04:18 PDT 2009

would i be wrong in say thought that thre might be people who want to
increase their processing power in one box but shrink the size of the

On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 7:26 AM, Mark Hahn <hahn at mcmaster.ca> wrote:

>  while I like the idea of these being available, I wonder where the
>>> real (big) market is.
>> You mean other than commercial / HR databases that were built on
>> Sun's SMPs and now have a questionable upgrade path?
> when I look at Sun's high-end boxes, I see either webservers
> (the many-thread stuff) or kind of sad old-fashioned sparc minis.
> the latter would probably lose out to a decent modern dual-socket
> box (dual nehalem like the HP DL760).  the question is how much volume
> there is in the >= 8-socket market, and I don't mean "how many PHB's can be
> persuaded they need one because they're important".
> Likely replacing current mid-range, <100-node clusters with a
>> single box.
> unclear to me.  a current mid-range 100-node cluster is 800 cores,
> and I don't think we're talking about that in an SMP.  Intel's recent
> nehalem-ex preview was 128 hyperthreads (64 real).
> I would guess that most people who currently have clusters would rather get
> bigger/faster/cooler clusters, rather than go to SMP, unless for some
> reason they have a fixed problem size.  possible, I guess.
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