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Re: Building a Desktop Number Cruncher

On Thu, 27 Sep 2007 22:43:50 -0500, Tom wrote:

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Before going off the deep end and custom-building a single-machine desktop
number cruncher, might I suggest a serious look at Linux, if you can get
your app to the Linux kernel API.

My thinking is, many if not most Linux distros today offer some sort of
distributed computing capability. That being the case, then you might
build a network of some description, either co-located, or perhaps shared
around a virtual private network, and take advantage of several different
machines, rather than one single machine.

The big advantage of course is $$$$ not going to M$ to support their
questionable behaviors.

Re: Building a Desktop Number Cruncher

M. Trimble wrote:
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Yes, if your number cruncher will have access to many other PCs,
a clustering linux might be an option.


Re: Building a Desktop Number Cruncher

Tom wrote:
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I think I may have already advised this, but try to ensure you get
an ECC capable system, and that you mount ECC memory in it.  There
is no substitute.  Absolutely nothing else monitors and corrects
memory errors.

 Chuck F (cbfalconer at maineline dot net)
   Available for consulting/temporary embedded and systems.

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Re: Building a Desktop Number Cruncher


I began to respond to some previous feed back and got pulled away and
thus delayed. I also did a little researching too ... so my response
would indicate sincerity and show some effort on my end. Once I
responded I noticed some additional feed back and want to thank
everyone again.

Learning that it is "workstations" that allow a system to go beyond
the desktop's 8 gig memory limit is valuable knowledge. I need to dig
a bit into the "fully buffered" ram types for workstations. Perhaps
that is where the "error correcting" types of ram I have seen
mentioned come into play? Thanks!!

I dove off the deep end when thinking RAID and multi-booting various
operating systems. The additional comments about dual or multi-booting
with Linux's Grub and boot manager are a big help. Pulling on a pair
of Ropers is the closest I have ever come to dual booting. :)) Now I
have some confidence I could pull it off by following the OS
installation sequencing suggested.

Thank you all.

Oh ... I'm not wanting to kill this thread!! I am soaking up knowledge
like a thirsty sponge. I just want to throw in some gratitude along
the way!!

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