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With Cisco Systems launching its first server/system product today, the other server makers of the world were looking around to see what kind of news they could scrape up. Over at Sun Microsystems, the news today is that the South African Department of Science and Technology has funded a hybrid Sparc-Xeon supercomputing cluster …

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Pirate

Internet?

Err great and all that but with the monopoly on international bandwidth how are they going to share all that data...?

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Alert

Who's going to supply the electricity then?

'nuf said.

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Joke

@JP Strauss

Hamsters.

Lots and lots of hamsters running in little wheels.

Have you seen the CSIR's feed bill lately?

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Vote

Presumably all that computing power is needed to overcome the logistical nightmare of counting all the votes of South African expats living overseas who have just been re-enfranchised by the Constitutional Court, at great expense to the South African economy. See what you lot have done?

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Joke

Hmmm, a Sun HPC cluster to replace a HP Cluster

The humanity!

Where's MB when you need him!!!

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IT Angle

I wonder why...

I wonder why, "Sun is also building a visualization system for the supercomputing center and linking it all up with InfiniBand switches from Voltaire"

SUN has a set of InfiniBand Switches....

http://www.sun.com/products/networking/infiniband.jsp

Ranging from 0-288 nodes...

http://www.sun.com/products/networking/datacenter/ds3x24/

to 13,824 nodes...

http://www.sun.com/products/networking/datacenter/ds3456/

Is there a sweet-spot somewhere in the mid-range of nodes on the South African super computer to make the SUN InfiniBand Switches cost-effective?

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