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Old 2010-08-06, 17:28   #1
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Default Monster cruncher with 96GB RAM and 20 HDs

This is pretty crazy, a new record has been set for digits of Pi (5 trillion digits) but even more interesting is the hardware they used, a single PC crammed with 96GB of RAM and 20 hard drives that apparently cost $18,000.

All the info described here.

Specs:

Processor
2 x Intel Xeon X5680 @ 3.33 GHz - (12 physical cores, 24 hyperthreaded)
Memory
96 GB DDR3 @ 1066 MHz - (12 x 8 GB - 6 channels) - Samsung (M393B1K70BH1)
Motherboard
Asus Z8PE-D12
Hard Drives
1 TB SATA II (Boot drive) - Hitachi (HDS721010CLA332)
3 x 2 TB SATA II (Store Pi Output) - Seagate (ST32000542AS)
16 x 2 TB SATA II (Computation) - Seagate (ST32000641AS)
Raid Controller
2 x LSI MegaRaid SAS 9260-8i
Operating System
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64
Built By
Shigeru Kondo

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Old 2010-08-06, 18:12   #2
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Windows 2008 can handle 96 GB? I'm slightly impressed -- I thought only Linux could handle that much RAM.

(searches Google)

Yep, apparently up to 2 TB:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...8VS.85%29.aspx

I'm impressed by the motherboard; it had a lot of work to do for that cruncher.
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Windows 2008 can handle 96 GB? I'm slightly impressed -- I thought only Linux could handle that much RAM.

(searches Google)

Yep, apparently up to 2 TB:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...8VS.85%29.aspx

I'm impressed by the motherboard; it had a lot of work to do for that cruncher.
Many 64-bit operating systems can handle that much RAM, not only Windows and Linux.

The absolute size of the disk array isn't that big by modern standards. It's not that expensive these days to get a significant fraction of a petabyte.

Nonetheless, it sounds like a nice machine.


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Many 64-bit operating systems can handle that much RAM, not only Windows and Linux.
Vista x64 can support as little as 8 GB, depending on the version.
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Old 2010-08-07, 07:24   #5
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Vista x64 can support as little as 8 GB, depending on the version.
Precisely: depending on the version. Some distributions artificially reduce the maximum supported RAM to less, sometimes much less, than the underlying OS can support.

Anyway, I was thinking more about operating systems like Solaris and the various versions of BSD. None of which are Linux, the original claim being " I thought only Linux could handle that much RAM".

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Old 2010-08-07, 08:02   #6
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Vista x64 can support as little as 8 GB, depending on the version.
Vista home premium supports 16Gb and so does windows 7 home premium.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...8VS.85%29.aspx
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Vista home premium supports 16Gb and so does windows 7 home premium.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...8VS.85%29.aspx
Er... I posted that link already.
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Some distributions artificially reduce the maximum supported RAM to less, sometimes much less, than the underlying OS can support.
Is that intentional? Why would they do that?
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Is that intentional? Why would they do that?
Marketing.

If you have a big machine you have to pay more to get the OS which supports it.

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Is that intentional? Why would they do that?
http://tutor2u.net/economics/revisio...imination.html
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