Re: [nslu2-general] OpenMosix on a slug?
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!
On 12/2/05, Inge Bjørnvall Arnesen <ingeba@...> wrote:
> Hey Mike,
> I'm all for the "because we can"-attitude to certain things. The
> 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
> 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?
> -- Inge
> ----Original Message----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mike
> Tomaino Sent: 1. desember 2005 02:18 To:
> firstname.lastname@example.org 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
> > >