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bigwig
Sep 18, 2005, 03:27 PM
like this (http://www.sgi.com/products/servers/altix/configs.html). 512 CPUs, 24 TB memory, hundreds of 15,000 RPM disc drives.

jane doe
Sep 18, 2005, 03:36 PM
like this (http://www.sgi.com/products/servers/altix/configs.html). 512 CPUs, 24 TB memory, hundreds of 15,000 RPM disc drives.


Right now. VA. Tech built one...

katie ta achoo
Sep 18, 2005, 04:00 PM
Ooo... I want one, even though I don't really know what it's for and would only fill up about 30 gigs of it.

*drool*

When I'm crazy, old, and rich (IN THAT ORDER.) I'll get one. :)

jared_kipe
Sep 18, 2005, 04:11 PM
You look like you're already there.

jeremy.king
Sep 18, 2005, 06:41 PM
http://www.cse.uiuc.edu/turing/
http://www.tcf.vt.edu/systemX.html

velocityg4
Sep 18, 2005, 07:05 PM
Just think of the framerates you could get in Half Life 2 on that baby. :drool:

carlos700
Sep 18, 2005, 07:40 PM
Just think of the framerates you could get in Half Life 2 on that baby. :drool:

Since Half Life or any game can take advantage of one or two CPUs plus the Intel Itanium 2 is a very poor performer when running 32-Bit Windows Programs. To summarize: terrible frame rates.

snkTab
Sep 18, 2005, 09:25 PM
The VT one has more that 2200 2.3Ghz processors in more than 1100 xserves. Each Xserve having 4 Gigs of memory.

bigwig
Sep 19, 2005, 01:06 AM
The VT one has more that 2200 2.3Ghz processors in more than 1100 xserves. Each Xserve having 4 Gigs of memory.
Except it isn't tightly integrated like a NUMA machine is. Each Xserve can only access it's own local memory and discs. Big iron like this really is different; a 512-cpu NUMA machine is hardly the equivalent of 512 PCs. Individually the PCs may be faster at some things (like integer computation). Considered as a collective they're often a lot slower, especially on I/O (where the PCs get their heads handed to them) and on data sets too large to fit in a mere 4 GB of RAM (note the Altix maxes out at 48 GB per cpu).