[rescue] Looking for SGI Meta Router

Brian Roth abacos_98 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 23 16:11:04 CDT 2010

 > worked on Blue Mountain, the ASCI box at LANL


  Wow! Now that is cool. I have tried to find out more about Blue Mountain but
could find few technical details. I have a few pictures that were from press
releases  but no Close-ups. HIPPI is proving to be another difficult find. It
is pretty interesting that they still have part of it still in use. I would
love to hear more....


--- On Tue, 3/23/10, Robert Darlington <rdarlington at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Robert Darlington <rdarlington at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [rescue] Looking for SGI Meta Router
To: "The Rescue List" <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 3:55 PM

I worked on Blue Mountain, the ASCI box at LANL.  It was #1 on the Top500,
but that was long before I got there (#29 when I ran it).   It consisted of
48 rows of racks, 9 racks wide (the one in the middle was where the HIPPI
interconnect was).  6144 processors total.   To my knowledge they still run
two of these rows of racks for driving graphics displays in my old
building.   They sent the other 46 rows of racks back to Silicon Graphics
around 5 years ago.


On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 12:24 PM, Ethan O'Toole <ethan at 757tech.net> wrote:

>  TeeHee. Nope, just a huge Origin. Building a multirack O3K system is
>> pretty
>> much impossible unless you get the whole system in one shot as the routers
>> are
>> serialized. I have a few of those as well. The O2K doesn't have that
>> limitation. My goal is a full 8 rack system but the way it is looking,
>> might
>> not be possible either. The Meta router has proven itself to be a rare
>> bird
>> indeed.
> A while ago someone got the big system from LLNL IIRC?
> There were chunks of it showing up for sale. Lots of meta routers.
> I know it's odd, but have you tried asking SGI?
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