how to build a cluster using PS3 - Linux

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  1. how to build a cluster using PS3

    Hi all,

    I need your advice/suggestions on which system to choose/purchase/build in
    order to do high performance computations.

    The software I mostly rely on are: Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, C/C++, GSL,
    GMP, MPFR, etc.

    The area of computations are numerical computation, symbolic computation,
    numerical optimization(about mid size).

    I am looking for cost-effective solutions using my own money as a student
    and this is not officially supported by any grant.

    Somebody suggested me to try building a cluster using PS3. I heard that it
    costs lower and has better performance in terms of floating point
    computations.

    What do you think? Please shed some lights on me!

    Thanks a lot!



  2. Re: how to build a cluster using PS3

    In news:enff7a$cmf$1@news.Stanford.EDU,
    Mike wrote:

    > I need your advice/suggestions on which system to
    > choose/purchase/build in order to do high performance computations.

    ....
    > What do you think? Please shed some lights on me!


    You posted this exact same query a few days ago in
    news:en77pq$r2f$1@news.Stanford.EDU

    If you didn't listen to the excellent answers you got then, why do you think
    people will repeat them now?



  3. Re: how to build a cluster using PS3

    On Tue, 02 Jan 2007 21:33:40 -0800, Mike wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > I need your advice/suggestions on which system to choose/purchase/build in
    > order to do high performance computations.
    >
    > The software I mostly rely on are: Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, C/C++, GSL,
    > GMP, MPFR, etc.
    >
    > The area of computations are numerical computation, symbolic computation,
    > numerical optimization(about mid size).
    >
    > I am looking for cost-effective solutions using my own money as a student
    > and this is not officially supported by any grant.
    >
    > Somebody suggested me to try building a cluster using PS3. I heard that it
    > costs lower and has better performance in terms of floating point
    > computations.
    >
    > What do you think? Please shed some lights on me!
    >
    > Thanks a lot!


    You can't run Matlab or any other commercial application on a PS3. Those
    programs are compiled for x86 and x86_64, the PS3 uses the IBM Cell
    processor which is unique to the PS3. If you were strictly interested in
    running your own code then you might want to consider using a PS3 assuming
    that your primary interest were in investigating how to code for the Cell
    architecture. If what you want to do is physics, not computer science,
    then you should stick with a standard architecture.

  4. Re: how to build a cluster using PS3


    "Patrick" wrote in message
    news:500uhgF1dv2t3U1@mid.individual.net...
    > In news:enff7a$cmf$1@news.Stanford.EDU,
    > Mike wrote:
    >
    >> I need your advice/suggestions on which system to
    >> choose/purchase/build in order to do high performance computations.

    > ...
    >> What do you think? Please shed some lights on me!

    >
    > You posted this exact same query a few days ago in
    > news:en77pq$r2f$1@news.Stanford.EDU
    >
    > If you didn't listen to the excellent answers you got then, why do you
    > think
    > people will repeat them now?
    >
    >


    Thanks a lot for pointing out that to me. Yes, I do listen and actually I am
    digesting all the opinions. For this PS3 idea, it is I think it is
    interesting, so I singled it out here... :=) thanks again and happy new
    year!



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