[rescue] Cray J90s
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Tue Jun 12 16:49:24 CDT 2001
On June 11, Zach Malone wrote:
> This list seems to be a little more varied in types of hardware then I thought it would be when I joined the list, however, I noticed that some people have posted crays up for sale on eBay, no real steals though.
Actually, they're both real steals in the grand scheme of things.
The supercomputer secondary market is a very, very strange thing. If
anyone here is really interested, I'd be happy to explain why these
two (and the third) systems aren't selling worth a damn on eBay, in
spite of being relisted over and over at lower and lower prices.
> They are both J90s though, and at those prices, a dual Athlon system will exceed them in gigflops per dollar, and total gigaflops. (Two 1.4ghz Athlons would get you about 4 gigaflops).
Nope. There's more to life than megahertz (as I'm betting you
already know) and a gigaflop isn't necessarily a gigaflop. And
further...even when a gigaflop IS a gigaflop, and gigaflops are
important, there's a lot more to supercomputer performance than
An overclocked PeeCee does not a vector supercomputer make.
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