Building “Ensemble”

Yesterday, several friends and I, especially Calvin, set up 4 computers I bought 68 days ago and received 4 days ago (moral of the story, DO NOT BUY FROM CANADACOMPUTERS!)  Here are the specs:

  • 4 x Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
  • 4 x 4GB of 667MHz RAM
  • 4 x 160GB SATA harddrive
  • 5-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
  • $2000 after taxes and shipping

At the recommendation of my friend Ben, I’m naming the small cluster “Ensemble”, a reference to Quarantine by Greg Egan.  As a further reference to Quarantine, and to D-Wave, I’ve named the 4 nodes “identity”, “sigma-x”, “sigma-y”, “sigma-z”.

With these, and with Inventor IDE Alpha 5, I can finally start building Own OS after months of delays.  It will be awesome to have 16 CPU cores and 16 GB of RAM at my disposal.  😀

~ by Neil Dickson on March 8, 2009.

One Response to “Building “Ensemble””

  1. Sad, really, not being able to even begin to imagine why you’d need so much power. (Oh, congratulations by the way.)

    Sigh. So much to learn.

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