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gizmo_mathboy
  reversethis-{moc ... } {yobhtamomzig}

aerospace engineer by education, all-around walking cesspool of knowledge by nature, and professional grade slacker by choice. Sysadmin at a major midwestern university.
Monday December 16, 2002
04:51 PM

Linux vs. Solaris

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I was asked to refigure a proposal for new computer hardware at work. The one item that I spent the most time on was a new compute server.

The idea is to get a new server that the students can run code on and such instead of beating the pc's in the lab to death running CFD code, Matlab code, and other CPU/memory intensive tasks.

$16K has been budgeted for this.

The first thought was to get a Sun Blade 2000 to do this. I wasn't sure if that would do it so I moved some numbers around and decided I could get a low end Sun Fire V480 Server (dual Sparc III cpu's). A more costly solution but I would have room for the server to grow.

My second thought was to maybe try a Dell server running linux. I could get 2 Quad Xeon servers for $16K or 3 Dual Xeon servers.

I wasn't sure which would be better. I talked with some friends about it and with the head of my department. I eventually went with the decision to try running the server(s) with linux.

Now I'm waiting to hear back about whether the proposal is accepted or not.

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