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Cluster Monkey: The Value Cluster (Part 1): Cheaper, Better, Faster

Mar 04, 2006, 09:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Douglas Eadline, Jeff Layton)

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"Keeping an eye on hardware prices is essential if you want to become a certified cluster geek. Remember those gigabit Ethernet switches that cost an arm an a leg, or how about those DDR DIMMs. Today those price seems to be a bit more in reach. Perhaps the extreme in low prices, came when Walmart introduced a $200 PC built from 'value parts' (i.e. very low cost PC hardware). Some quick math says, an eight node cluster could be built for less than $2000 and gigabit Ethernet could be added for another $500 and presto, you have yourself a cluster..."

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