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____/ Homer on Monday 22 Aug 2011 19:23 : \____
> Verily I say unto thee that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> In a conversation about 8-core PowerPC computers last week, it turned
>> out that video producers do need them. I asked why they don't just use
>> a remote computational server for rendering. Personally, I use two
>> desktops here to access two 8-core beasts. All I have to do is display
>> the output over SSH and write it to disk.
> Computationally intensive tasks like video rendering and scientific
> research are valid reasons for HPC, but the problem is HPC has also
> become a crutch for bad habits in general computing. Thin clients using
> Cloud services is the ideal antidote, since it forces OS and application
> developers to respect efficient computing paradigms, whilst nonetheless
> offering large scale computational and storage solutions for those few
> tasks that should genuinely need it.
> That's not to say I'd necessarily trust remote servers with my sensitive
> data, but it does solve one specific problem.
What if those remote servers are owned by you or your company? In fact,
Linux is important here because it makes building computational clusters
easy and fast (no licensing barriers). Amazon is for the lazy or those
who don't need a cluster all the time... or don't find others to share
a server with to reduce costs.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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