Recommendations for High End Silicon Graphics?

Gus Mumme gusm at
Mon Aug 1 22:46:06 EST 1994

There was a recent discussion on the more cost effective
Silicon Graphics workstations vs PCs running LINUX.
Can people recommend a good configuration for a high end
Silicon Graphics computer for users with a bit more money 
to spend?  Some information on the various configurations
and their costs would also be appreciated.

This would be for molecular modelling of inorganic systems
including structure analysis and refinement.  We would
want a "very" good monitor and enough CPU, RAM and Hard-disk
such that it can do most jobs in a time effective manner
and stands some chance of not being obselescent in 12 months time.

The type of software we would run would include the various
commercial molecular modelling packages as well as GSAS Rietveld
and other related structure software.

Bob Haushalter mentioned a "good" SG configuration costing 
around US$15,000 (A$20,000).

>1 150 MHZ IP22 Processor
>FPU: MIPS R4010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0
>CPU: MIPS R4400 Processor Chip Revision: 5.0
>On-board serial ports: 2
>On-board bi-directional parallel port
>Data cache size: 16 Kbytes
>Instruction cache size: 16 Kbytes
>Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 1 Mbyte
>Main memory size: 48 Mbytes
>Iris Audio Processor: version A2 revision 4.1.0
>Integral Ethernet: ec0, version 1
>Disk drive: unit 6 on SCSI controller 0
>Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0
>Integral SCSI controller 0: Version WD33C93B, revision D
>Graphics board: Indy 8-bit
>Vino video: unit 0, revision 0, Indycam connected

What could we expect to get for around the US$25,000, US$35,000 and
US$45,000 mark?

Thanks in advance,


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