[Beowulf] Register article on AMD OCP motherboards

Hearns, John john.hearns at mclaren.com
Wed May 15 03:56:57 PDT 2013

Recent discussion on small clusters with PC-104, mini-ITX and Pi boards has brought the list closer to its roots.

Maybe big systems are headed the same way (I know we have discussed this before).

I guess the financial market is driving the design as they, well, buy a lot of them!

The other thought that has come into my head is that as the domestic market for PCs dries up - being taken by the tablet market
With integrated cloud services then the Beowulf idea of building systems from tower PCs will be untenable in the future (*)
but we will be using the highest capacity commodity systems - which are likely to be something like these cloud/virtualisation platforms.
Sorry if this thought is a bit muddled.

(*) Yes I KNOW we don't use tower systems any more - I'm just trying to say that the definition of COTS will change

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