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Steven Edwards



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PostPost subject: Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster!    Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:54 am Reply to topic Reply with quote

I predict you'll have a big bill for air conditioning this summer.

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Mac OS/X has a free included distributed computing framework called Xgrid and a number have people have used this to write distributed applications designed to run on a LAN. I don't have much personal experience with this myself, though.

For relatively cheap clustering, some web host providers are using arrays of Mac Mini boxes (1.67/1.83 GHz CoreDuo, starting at US$600). Each machine uses only about 80 watts at full load and can run Windows if needed. However, it might be better to wait for the Core2Duo model and so have the option for 64 bit processing.

I think the Mac Mini is a fair value for the price, but like other relatively cheap boxes and unlike all other Macs, it uses vampire video. That's not a big issue for cluster use.

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The older Pentium implementations are cheap, but they're cheap for a reason: a definite lack of performance compared to newer Core2Duo and Xeon designs. I have one of the older Pentium designs, a US$400 Compaq Presario 3 GHz Pentium 4; it even came with a keyboard and mouse. It runs decently with Ubuntu 6.10, but I don't think it would be worth it to buy ten of them.

Perhaps you might consider a blade server. The extra cost can be justified for the greater reliability, lower total power usage, and space savings.
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Fantacising about a testing cluster! Michael Sherwin Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:42 pm
      Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! LarsA Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:43 pm
      Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Steven Edwards Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:54 am
            Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Michael Sherwin Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:34 am
                  Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Steven Edwards Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:06 am
                        Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Michael Sherwin Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:10 am
                              Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Denis P. Mendoza Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:31 pm
                                    Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Michael Sherwin Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:03 pm
                        Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! abb Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:44 pm
      Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Robert Hyatt Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:54 am
            Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Michael Sherwin Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:04 am
                  Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Robert Hyatt Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:53 pm
                        Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Mathieu Pagé Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:01 pm
                              Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Robert Hyatt Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:28 pm
                                    Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Mathieu Pagé Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:28 pm
                                          Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Robert Hyatt Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:44 pm
      Cheap hardware krazyken Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:42 am
            Re: Cheap hardware Michael Sherwin Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:07 am
                  Re: Cheap hardware Steven Edwards Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:49 am
                        Re: Cheap hardware Tony Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:32 am
                  Re: Cheap hardware krazyken Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:25 am
      Re: Fantacising about a testing cluster! Marc Lacrosse Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:57 am
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