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09 September 2002, 06:09 PM
Im surprised that it's running Linux as opposed to Irix....
09 September 2002, 08:32 PM
i'll take 10 please
09 September 2002, 10:45 PM
ha, well its good to see that SGI is moving away from MIPS. Although I would have rather liked to see an Opteron based system than an Itanium....
Actually, i just read an older article stating that SGI intends to stick with MIPS for "highend" solutions. Theres not much more "high end" than this Itanium rig tho. HMMMMM :surprised
Read the older article here:
09 September 2002, 12:12 AM
Originally posted by Array
Im surprised that it's running Linux as opposed to Irix.... Matter of economics. There's already a version of GNU/Linux for Itanium systems (Intel funded the development) plus it shouldn't be as hard to port all those GNU/Linux apps that are already there.
On the matter of highend, the graphics for transitions between parts of the world on the 'dawn of the new millenium' (BBC) had to move from texture mapped satellite photographs of an accuracy of five meters, into space, and onto the next location, look convincingly real, be broadcast quality and be done in realtime :eek:
Took a high speed network of Octanes with about 24Gb (IIRC) of data being thrown around at any one time.
There is always a need for more power :p
09 September 2002, 01:19 AM
SGI was very smart when they built the Origin 3k series. They built it to be extremely expandable so it could house a multiple of different processors whether it be MIPS or Itanium. So pretty much it is the same exact box but just with Itanium bricks in it instead of R16k mips bricks. The Origin 300, 3000 and Onyx 3000 are the same exact boxes, just with different bricks in it. It is pretty much a very customizable supercomputer.
>>Actually, i just read an older article stating that SGI intends to stick with MIPS for "highend" solutions. Theres not much more "high end" than this Itanium rig tho. HMMMMM
Well I donno about that. SGI has many Origin 2000 and 3000 boxes in NASA and the Department of energy that run 1024-2048 processor(non cluster). They 1024 processor origin at NASA has been there for over 5 years. Also they have many other on the top500.org site that are over 6000 processors that are clusters.
The first intel(dell) box on that list is #79, sgi top one is #15(mips)
09 September 2002, 01:22 AM
Woops, my bad, looked back over the top500 list and Intel has ASCII red in #7 with almost 10k processors in a cluster.
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