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Stone SouperComputer

By nascent in News
Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 10:16:21 AM EST
Tags: Hardware (all tags)
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What do you get when you cross 132 discarded computers with Linux and Beowulf software? A computer with an infinite cost/performance ratio. The Chicago Tribune has the story.


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Stone SouperComputer | 14 comments (14 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Of course, they mean the price-to-p... (none / 0) (#6)
by HiRes on Sun Apr 02, 2000 at 11:31:24 PM EST

HiRes voted 1 on this story.

Of course, they mean the price-to-performance ratio is zero. The performance-to-price ratio would be the infinite one. :-P (I'm sure once my vote is recorded I will discover I wasn't the first to notice this...)
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Re: Of course, they mean the price-to-p... (none / 0) (#9)
by fluffy grue on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 10:59:26 AM EST

I noticed it right away too, but only after the story was posted (hey, I can't check the moderation bin once every 5 minutes), and decided to see if anyone else had made this comment before making it myself a'la Slashdot.
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Infinite performance-to-price ratio... (none / 0) (#10)
by Anonymous Hero on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 04:04:41 PM EST

But only if you get electricity for free.

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Ok, it's a cool project, but I hear... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Sun Apr 02, 2000 at 11:39:29 PM EST

rusty voted -1 on this story.

Ok, it's a cool project, but I heard about this a *long* time ago, and the article linked to is very weak. If anyone can get better info about this and write it up a little more, I'd like to see it.

Nothing personal nasc ;-)

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More Info - OFFICIAL PAGE w/buttloads of pics (none / 0) (#13)
by nascent on Wed Apr 05, 2000 at 03:01:08 AM EST

Found the official site. Many pictures. Looks like a crapload of fun too. Wonder how warm it is in there...
nascent
http://www.intap.net/~j/
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Heh, infinite price/performance rat... (none / 0) (#3)
by joeyo on Sun Apr 02, 2000 at 11:54:46 PM EST

joeyo voted 1 on this story.

Heh, infinite price/performance ratio? I guess they are not including time spent in the equation... :)

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Oh shit! Here come the lets make a... (none / 0) (#5)
by Nyarlathotep on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 01:25:16 AM EST

Nyarlathotep voted -1 on this story.

Oh shit! Here come the lets make a Beowolf of these things trolls. :) Really, this is nothing new. It's probable a good way for 3rd world countries or companies which buy all their emploies the newest hostest shit every year to get a super-computer, but it probable not cost effective (admin time) for most western situation.
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Ignorance and Dynamite (none / 0) (#12)
by nascent on Wed Apr 05, 2000 at 02:57:41 AM EST

I'm generally content to let opinions stay unmolested as such, but your comment is utterly ignorant.

Slapping 3,000 Intels together is a big-dick thing - and apparently all you see in this story. Cobbling together a computationally significant computer from 100% discarded, "older" hardware is the epitome of the hacker ethic.
nascent
http://www.intap.net/~j/
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Re: Ignorance and Dynamite (none / 0) (#14)
by rusty on Wed Apr 05, 2000 at 03:32:32 AM EST

Now, now. Be nice. :-)

You're both right, though, in that this is a kick-ass hacker project, and also not a particularly efficient way to get supercomputing power because you *must* have hackers to run it, and hackers are rare and expensive, except when they're free, and then they're even more rare.

So, it's a cool hack. It's not really much of a way for a production environment to get supercomputing power. Can you even imagine how finicky 133 old intel-based boxes must be? Yipes. So, I'd propose a corrollary to their price/perfomance comparison-- as price goes to zero, admin cost goes to infinity (i.e. you can't pay people to admin something like this. They'll do it cause they love the idea or not at all).

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What is there to say, though? We d... (none / 0) (#2)
by Paul Dunne on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 02:34:05 AM EST

Paul Dunne voted 0 on this story.

What is there to say, though? We do need a quickies section for stuff like this.
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+1 for the title alone :^)= ... but... (none / 0) (#4)
by ramses0 on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 03:02:58 AM EST

ramses0 voted 1 on this story.

+1 for the title alone :^)= ... but probably better as a "news quickie"

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Sort of interesting topic, but the ... (2.00 / 1) (#7)
by marlowe on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 08:24:00 AM EST

marlowe voted -1 on this story.

Sort of interesting topic, but the story lacks meat. By the way, the moral of the stone soup story is that stupid people can be manipulated, and sometimes should be manipulated for their own good.
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Cool! now everyone can build their ... (none / 0) (#8)
by krogoth on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 09:37:28 AM EST

krogoth voted 1 on this story.

Cool! now everyone can build their own supercomputer. Every time you get a new computer, add your old one to your supercomputer.
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OFFICIAL PAGE FOR THIS PROJECT (5.00 / 1) (#11)
by nascent on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 08:09:34 PM EST

Got the offical home page here. Lots of great pictures. Wasn't able to find any specs but I didn't look terribly hard either.
nascent
http://www.intap.net/~j/
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