Linux and bioinformatics questions....
botka at CGL.UCSF.EDU
Fri Sep 17 00:00:24 EST 1999
Francois Jeanmougin wrote on 2 Aug 1999:
> In article <37A57241.BAF5EE2B at micromet.de>,
> Thomas Busl <thomas.busl at micromet.de> writes:
> > Dear Tim,
> > I work with solaris on sparc and I think you are right about SMP
> > workstations. You can see that sun has alot of expiriences in
> > that field. I think you get solaris2.6 free for intel plattforms.
> > so long
> Actually, with big databases, the problem is not Linux vs Solaris
> (Because, Linux runs well on a Sparc SMP), but 32 vs 64 bits
> processors. And in this field, it could be good to test a Alpha.
> The "old" 21164PC runs at 533MHz and can handle 128bits bus at
> 100MHz. For a low price 64bits calculator, you could consider
> making a beowulf linux clusteer of such machines.
I know this thread is a bit stale, but I must second the suggestion
to test an Alpha. We recently upgraded to the 21264 alphaserver
ES40. What was a very fast machine (alphaserver 4100/21164) is now
2-2.4 times faster. We have been able to get very reasonable
pricing from DEC. I have no firsthand info about running Linux
though, we run Digital UNIX.
I am glad to provide benchmarks if anyone is interested for
BLAST/FASTA for the following platforms.
There are some other benchmarks at http://molbio.unmc.edu/Benchmark/
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