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Re: [SLE] Chirstmas parts ?????
- From: chris.reeves@xxxxxxxxx (Chris Reeves)
- Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 16:21:30 +0000
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Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 16:21:30 +0000
From: Chris Reeves <chris.reeves@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [SLE] Chirstmas parts ?????
If you think this thread has been OT, stop reading - otherwise continue
"James (Jim) Hatridge" wrote:
> Most people either ignore me or help me. For someone else doing the same as
> me, ie using "giveme" systems to build a 'wulf, check out the Stone
> Soupercomputer web site. That guy even has an online form for you to fill out
> to give him your old systems.
I've been 'aquiring' old systems for a while now, and am going to have
my first stab at my beowulf in a couple of weeks time (so far I've just
been doing some research). The only thing I paid for was £15 for a huge
box of motherboards/graphics cards/network cards, etc. and 5 or so
semi-complete machines. A couple of weeks ago I got hold of another 8
semi-complete boxes for nothing - they were going to be thrown in a
> > I have had to buy some ridiculously expensive EDO ram to try and improve
> > the performance of my very humble, non super- P166 Mhz.
Cool - I upgraded to a P166MMX about a month ago... along with onother
32MB of EDO RAM ;-)
> > If I had asked publicly for someone to give me some EDO .. would you
> > have given me some ?
Worked for me for a few SIMMs (although I did pay a little for the 32MB
> I got a 32mb EDO chip from a guy in Japan three months ago. Look, the mistake
> you're making is that I'm not looking for "Top of the Line" bleeding edge
> hardware. Also I don't want stuff that you have any use for. I bet if this is
> not your first computer you have an old 486 or PI laying around the house
> working as a doorstop. Since it's worthless to you why would you not pull the 4
> or 8mb chips out of it and mail them to someone when they pay the postage. This
> is not only a Beowulf project it's also a recycling project.
> Also, on your ridiculously expensive EDO ram, in two or three years when you
> upgrade to the newest bleeding edge what worth is the old ram to you then? Of
> all the computers I have the oldst is a 486 from 1992 and the newst is about 3
> years old. All of them have come from someone who said that "I don't need it
> Most people only run one computer at a time. So when they upgrade to a new one,
> the old system is more or less junk for them. Part of my project is to show
> them how to use older hardware. Today here in Germany, the standard single
> system at the downtown computer store is between 600 & 800 mhz. I bet that in
> about 3 to 4 years, people will start to give them away as they upgrade to the
> > I am sure your project is very admirable; but you are being just a little
> > naive to not expect some kind of, shall we say, questioning about it.
> Questioning I like, because I can then talk about something I'm interested in.
> This guy was laughing at me. That was less than kind of him. In fact I have a
> private mailing list of 23 people that I keep up to date about my project. You
> could say that they are my questioners.
> > p.s. Maybe you should run seti@home on it, may be extraterrestrials
> > have cheaper technology for us
> Is SETI still running? I had though that it was done.
It is still running, but not for long. I joined 1 and a half years ago,
but only started crunching units on the 10th of December 2000 (due to a
processor upgrade). It doesn't run over a beowulf cluster anyway :(
Similarly to Jim's Beowulf Cluster, mine is initially an academic
exercise to learn more about the systems and software, and to have fun.
Once built, it'll probably be put to good (non-profit-making) use -
might collaborate with Jim on a project ;-)
Just a FYI. Bye now,
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