Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Funny Post from Slashdot

Slashdot is a news aggregator for computer info. It used to be bleeding edge and have stories about things prior to anyone else. Well, it doesn't so much anymore. The commentary tends to be innane and less than informed. Think of usenet standards and lower them. There was one funny post though about us here at work:
I work in the industry. 'Course it's easy for an AC to say that, isn't it?

$52M is rather large nowadays. At least, for a 'commodity' part cluster it is. For a 'vector' supercomputer, it may be only medium sized.

You can easily break the top 50 for less than $10M. A couple thousand nodes, each with two dual-core Opteron/Xenons, InfiniBand or Myrinet (maybe 10GigE), and a compiler that optimizes better than gcc... no problem.

That being said, NERSC is a pathologically tough customer. Cray will have to work very hard to earn each and every penny they get. It may very well be a 'live or die' deal for Cray.

ooooh. I LIKE being pathological.


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