Monday, November 27, 2006

Sun/Opteron 4x cheaper than Bluegene

Simon Bullen's Weblog : Weblog
Nice comparison of supercomputing performance. Sun is 4x more cost effective than IBM's bluegene, plus you have ongoing savings in the maintenance. It looks like the difference is driven by the difference in number of processors, which could be attributed to the parallel intensity of the test program. However, it does raise some interesting questions about the economics of grid computing.

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