Subject: Re: Clustering the dreamcast?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Christopher John Thomas <email@example.com>
Date: 05/28/2003 00:36:58
On Tue, 27 May 2003, Nik Reiman wrote:
> Completely agreed. Quite frankly, I don't think the DC is enough bang
> for the buck to justify trying to cluster them right now (as much as I
> love running it).
Even at $30 a pop, the bang for the buck ends up being too low. I costed
out cluster hardware at one point, and if your problem is easily
parallelized (as it would have to be for a Dreamcast cluster), the best
option turns out to be PCs on highly integrated motherboards.
A Dreamcast cluster would still be cool to build, of course, but it
would purely be for "cool" factor. Just like a Furby cluster...
Anyone interested in serious kitbashing could probably put together an
SH4/NetBSD based cluster on custom boards that would have adequate
price/performance and enough interconnect and memory bandwidth to make the
exercise worthwhile, but that would be quite a bit of work, and only
cost-effective with hundreds of processors on dozens of boards.