Re: [SLIGHTLY OFFTOPIC]: Record cluster with > 512 Linux boxes
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 01:58:00 +0100

On Sun, Dec 06, 1998 at 09:12:25AM +0100, Rolf O. Blättner wrote:

> The cluster was build of a various types of machines,
> including Alphas, Xeons, and "conventinals" ..

The conventional probably were the workhorses even though not fastest
per CPU.

> As "workload" they rendered 2 MPG3 movies, executed
> GFLOPS benchmarks, solved 80th-degree polynoms and
> run various other programs.

It was a 8000th degree polynom ...

The benchmark was Linpack and we did run it only on a subcluster which
consisted of 50 666MHz 21164 Alphas with 256mb RAM each. So while
the result is respactable fast (we for shure shreddered the dusty Cray 2
standing nearby in the exhibition ...) it's by no way a new Linux record
for Linpack. Nevertheless the CPU power made raytracing fun.

I know people have a lot of questions about this event; we intend to
post a writeup with all the details once we all got back the sleep we
didn't get the last days.

Once again thanks to everybody who was helping to make this possible;
some of the people did way more than one can expect somebody to do.


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