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Supercomputing: Raw Power vs. Massive Storage

trog Re:I disagree respectfully. (346 comments)

Imagine what a cluster of 700 to 1,000 blade servers running the latest Intel Xeon CPU's can do now! =)

Actually, it would be a very crappily-performing cluster. Blade servers are designed with two major goals - CHEAP and SMALL. Blade servers are engineered for high availability applications (think webserver farm).

Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean it's the optimal solution. It amazes me when I see vendors selling blade server clusters.

(Disclaimer: I work as an engineer with a company with builds Linux based clusters for universities and labs)

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