"Five years ago, in a Linux Journal article I wrote in
1996, I developed a recipe for an elegant and economical Linux box.
I used this as motivation for a discussion of what makes a good,
balanced system design. The article became one of the most popular
in LJ's history, so the editors have invited me back for a second
This time, however, we're going to involve more people than just
me. LJ recruited Rick Moen, author of some well-known FAQs on
modems and other hardware topics, to assist with this article.
Daryll Strauss, the man behind the famous all-Linux rendering farm
used in the movie Titanic, also contributed sage advice from his
background in graphics and extreme data crunching.
We're also going to examine system architecture from a different
perspective. Instead of going for economy we're going to go for the
maximum crunching power. This time, we're going to ask not what the
most cost-effective plan is, but how to get the absolute highest
performance out of hardware we can live with."