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Re: [nslu2-general] OpenMosix on a slug?

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  • Mr. Tomaino
    Inge- Do I want to? Heck yes! But, alas... the required skill set eludes me, so I ll just have to imagine a slugfarm calculting new digits of PI and making
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      Inge-

      Do I want to? Heck yes! But, alas... the required skill set eludes me, so
      I'll just have to imagine a slugfarm calculting new digits of PI and making
      contact with the people in outer space...FOR NOW!

      Thanks,
      Mike

      On 12/2/05, Inge Bjørnvall Arnesen <ingeba@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hey Mike,
      >
      > I'm all for the "because we can"-attitude to certain things. The
      > competition
      > when including your requirements is probably restricted to Mac Mini and
      > mini-ITX motherboards, anyway. XBOX makes noise but is at least 3-4 times
      > faster than the slug (and by now it must be very, very cheap) - you will
      > of
      > course keep paying through your electric bill.
      >
      > Anyhow - openMosix is not ported to xscale yet, but it is a patch-set to
      > 2.4.26, which is luckily the same kernel as used by Unslung. You will have
      > to port openMosix (I have no clue how much work that is, but I guess it
      > would be doable) and you will have to check for conflicts between the slug
      > patches for 2.4.26 and the ported openMosix-patches.
      >
      > There are also test versions of openMosix to 2.6 kernels, but I don't know
      > how mature it is. It is a candidate for merging with the OpenSlug kernel,
      > but I think the good old 2.4.26 is the way to go (mainly due to its
      > stability) and if that works, transfer the port to 2.6.
      >
      > Wanna do this?
      >
      > best,
      >
      > -- Inge
      >
      >
      > ----Original Message----
      > From: nslu2-general@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:nslu2-general@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mike
      > Tomaino Sent: 1. desember 2005 02:18 To:
      > nslu2-general@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [nslu2-general]
      > OpenMosix on a slug?
      >
      > > Haha... :) I appreciate your healthy cynicism, and
      > > perhaps I was a bit overzealous about the concept. But,
      > > keep in mind what's important to me: low power, cheap,
      > > and silent. I'm but a school teacher so I don't have any
      > > extra money to throw around on less-less expensive xboxes
      > > or the electric bill to power them.
      > >
      > > And since when did linux people need another reason
      > > beyond "proof of concept"? As it is said, "If you have
      > > to ask why, you're not a member of the intended audience.
      > > Please go on about your business and accept my apologies
      > > for this distraction."
      > > (http://webpages.mr.net/bobz/ttyquake/)<http://webpages.mr.net/bobz/ttyquake/%29>
      >
      > >
      > > But seriously, can it be done? Or better HOW can it be
      > > done?
      > >
      > > Cheers,
      > > Mike
      > >
      > > On 11/30/05, Inge B. Arnesen
      > > <ingeba@...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > > ... I
      > > > > can imagine a low-price, low-power slug farm cranking
      > > > > raytracing and
      > > > such
      > > > > in no time flat.
      > > >
      > > > Hmm... the quiz of the day: How many slugs (minimum)
      > > > will it take to
      > > > outcompute a single AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ based
      > > > desktop PC (pure CPU,
      > > > no i/o)? How will it change when one goes from integer
      > > > computation to
      > > > floating point for raytracing?
      > > >
      > > > I'm not trying to be gloomy here - the slug has many
      > > > strong sides, but
      > > > performance is not one of them (especially I/O which is
      > > > terrible, but
      > > > also FP and pure MIPS). If you want bang for the bucks
      > > > cluster-wise,
      > > > maybe a rack of the good old XBox'es from eBay are a
      > > > better idea (you
      > > > get them with disks and are easily soft-modded and
      > > > equipped with
      > > > Gentoox), especially for floating point? Other
      > > > suggestions?
      > > >
      > > > best,
      > > >
      > > > -- Inge
      > > >
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