University of Montreal getting a Super computer

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Mantat, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. Mantat
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    macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2003
    Montréal (Canada)
    The UdeM si getting a new computer cluster. At the cost of 33m$ (can) for a theorical computional power of 768GFlop and with possible upgrade to get up to 3Tflop.

    Link there in french

    I dont understand.... Why get a SGI when they could have got a cluster of Xserve for much less and proven record of better cost/performance ?
  2. G4scott
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    macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    It's the same type of thing with my school, The University of Texas at Austin. We're putting tons of money into a cray-dell supercomputer, but we could get an xServe cluster for a lot less. We are getting an xServe cluster, though, but it'll start at 8 - 16 nodes, and nobody knows exactly how big it'll get.
  3. Makosuke
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    macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    It could be a boneheaded beaurocratic decision, it could be because SGI is offering the computer pre-packaged as opposed to Apple's do-it-yourself cluster, or it could just be that a simple cluster won't do what they need--I'm not familiar with SGI's supercomputing options, but if they offer vector processors or high-speed-interconnect multiprocessor systems, then a supercomputer built by them would offer much higer performance on certain kinds of operations.

    It all depends on what the University is trying to do whether this was a reasonable decision or a waste of money.

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