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  • Syzygies
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    Beowulf cluster?

    This is a beautiful thread.

    The Intel Desktop Board D201GLY is a powerful, almost complete
    computer for $70, aimed at Intel's "next billion customers."

    http://www.intel.com/products/mother...1GLY/index.htm

    As others have also noted on the web, it cries out to have dozens
    assembled into a cheap supercomputer, e.g. a Linux Beowulf cluster.
    Just need memory and a drive, per board, supply them all power, and
    network them through a switch.

    I was thinking USB pen drives, till I found this thread.

    On the other hand, USB pen drives would save on the conversion
    hardware, and wouldn't matter after booting if one then used a RAM
    disk.

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  • halfmanhalfamazing
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    A couple of things worthy of note. I've had several people ask me in various places if I'm worried about the lifespan of my new device.

    Not really:

    http://www.embeddedstar.com/weblog/2...ssd-longevity/

    Add to that AMD's new technology, hyperflash. Using a Flash/NAND device as a cache buffer.

    http://arstechnica.com/articles/paed...n-and-puma.ars
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...sh+AMD+storage

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  • Michael
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    It looks like we will be doing a comparison with a CF converter at Phoronix shortly. Just waiting on the CF card(s) to arrive.

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  • halfmanhalfamazing
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    Originally posted by humpty View Post
    I had no problems with a $5 converter and DamnSmallLinux;
    http://petepr.hopto.org/cf/cf_cards.html
    I'm gonna be giving DSL a try here soon. I saw the new release of Sabayon, gonna try that out as well.

    Where did you buy your CF converter from? Can you point me to the webstore? I'd like to try one of the ones you have considering you've verified higher transfer rates than 6.5MB, and they're dirt cheap anyways. :-P If at all possible, I'd like to rule out the converter itself as the reason why I'm not getting the transfer rates that I should be getting.

    I especially like that female one for the fact that it looks like it would just plug in directly into the motherboard, I wouldn't have to worry about the IDE cable and mounting issues.(see my pics for reference)
    Last edited by halfmanhalfamazing; 08-01-2007, 11:47 AM.

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  • halfmanhalfamazing
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    Originally posted by bexamous View Post
    You sure that IDE-CF adapter works? I got some off ebay that suck.

    Not all converters support DMA: http://lkml.org/lkml/2006/5/24/46

    Find one that works with DMA and performance will probably be better.
    Interesting piece of information. Thanks for sharing.

    I wish there were an easier way to test that out without having to do some soldering.(or at least, that's how I read it, that's the fix)
    Last edited by halfmanhalfamazing; 08-01-2007, 11:36 AM.

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  • humpty
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    I had no problems with a $5 converter and DamnSmallLinux;
    http://petepr.hopto.org/cf/cf_cards.html

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  • bexamous
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    (Wtf I just replied and its not showing up?)

    You sure that IDE-CF adapter works? I got some off ebay that suck.

    Not all converters support DMA: http://lkml.org/lkml/2006/5/24/46

    Find one that works with DMA and performance will probably be better.

    This is also why M0n0wall disables DMA by default, too many problems with CF cards when the kernel tries to use DMA.

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  • bexamous
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    You sure that IDE-CF adapter works? I got some off ebay that suck.

    Not all converters support DMA: http://lkml.org/lkml/2006/5/24/46

    Find one that works with DMA and performance will probably be better.

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  • Svartalf
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    Originally posted by colo View Post
    Are there CF-to-SATA(-II)-adapters available as well? Would love to have one of those in my upcoming X61s.
    YES.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/08/...compact_flash/
    http://shopper.cnet.com/flash-memory...-32510515.html

    I'm eying one for myself to some of the same sorts of cute tricks with more modern machines.

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  • colo
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    Are there CF-to-SATA(-II)-adapters available as well? Would love to have one of those in my upcoming X61s.

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