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  Confessions of the World's Largest Switcher
Subject:   Srinidhi and the G5s
Date:   2003-11-11 08:11:39
From:   Trackback from http://www.kingprimate.com/weblog/archives/2003_10_30.html#001182 anonymous2
Confessions of the World's Largest Switcher (O'Reilly). I see Srinidhi Varadarajan walking around the Torgerson building (where I study) sometimes, including late late on party nights (Friday and Saturday) when I should be out and he should be home. One time he was talking to Naren Ramakrishnan, who's an excellent professor (he lets me sit in on CS 3304, Comparative Languages). I'll be going to some sort of reception for people who helped build the cluster on the 11th. I volunteered to help but they didn't need it, or details got confused. Will take notes and maybe pictures, depending on...
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  • Srinidhi and the G5s
    2003-11-12 18:12:36  anonymous2 [View]

    CCNA student for $ / Apple fan for everything else ( Newton - iPod - Ti PB - 1.42G DP PM ) --

    I so wanted to be on staff/a student at VT when I saw pictures on VT's tech news site. You are so fortunate to work on this project.

    Those who bash Dr. Varadarajan's G5 choice, lab - n/w design etc. do not understand his comments on this subject at the 2003 O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference ( several of my gurus attended one is reportedly accused of asking who received the frequent flyer miles attached to this on-line purchase -- a query which brought down the house ). ... " a lot of people get the math wrong when calculating the performance of the machines [ G5s ]. Each G5 processor has two, double-precision, floating-point units. Each is capable of a fused, multliple-add operation per cycle, so you get 2 flops per cycle. This means that 2GHz corresponds to 8 GFlops, so each dual G% can deliver a peak of 16 GFlops of double-precision performance. That is more than a modern
    Cray node."

    <http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2003/10/29/osxcon_g5cluster.html>

    Also, <http://www.macdevcenter.com/lpt/a/4319>

    I am biased, but only to quality -- quality code and engineering. Call it a 'rose' as opposed to a PC or Mac, and for me if the computing device were to meet this standard for networking thru and thru, I'm a customer. I favor engineering in all products when price point is realistic because it has bought me, for example, a non-hacked network for nearly 4 years -- well worth the price differential Mac to PC.

    Mac Fan in Los Angeles, CA