Subject: RE: Google news archive
To: Boatman on the River of Suck <email@example.com>
From: Brian Chase <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/12/2001 16:40:18
On Wed, 12 Dec 2001, Boatman on the River of Suck wrote:
> That's not what I asked. 8-) I asked what the TCO and an SP would
> compare like with the TCO of 6 PC's. I'm pretty sure a z/Series and an SP
> could easily stomp the 6000 PC's.
But in what configuration, and at what cost?
In the case of rendering frames for the visual effects and animation
industry. :-) We've a relatively small cluster of 300 dual proc 1GHz
PIIIs, with 600GB of RAM spread across the machines. How much would
600GB of RAM alone cost for a z/Series or an SP? Probably more than our
render farm did.
It sort of depends on the application and how much inter-machine
communication is required. In the case of the render farm, there's
none-- except for with the file servers. In a render farm, it's mostly
a RAM and CPU cycle issue with some concern about I/O throughput to your
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