[Numpy-discussion] Hardware for Monte Carlo simulation

William Ryu wsryu at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 27 15:52:04 CST 2001

At 10:46 AM 11/27/2001 -0800, Chris Barker wrote:
>Hung Jung Lu wrote:
> > Is there any recommendation for fast machines at the
> > price range of a few thousand dollars? (I cannot
> > afford supercomputers or connection machines.) My
> > purpose is to run Monte Carlo simulation. This means
> > that a lot of scenarios can be run in parallel
> > fashion. Of course I can just use regular cheap
> > Pentium boxes... but they are kind of bulky, and I
> > don't need any of the video, audio, USB features (I
>I've been looking into setting up a system to do similar work, and it
>looks to me like the best bang for the buck right now are dual Athlon
>systems. If space is an important consideration, you can get dual Athlon
>1U rack mount systems for less than $2000. I'm pretty sure the only dual
>Athlon board currently available (Tyan K7 thunder) has on board video,
>ethernet and SCSI, which means it cost a little more than it could, but
>these systems are still a pretty good deal if you get one without a hard
>drive (or a very cheap one). I just did quick web search, and epox is
>supposed to be coming out with a dual board as well, so there may be
>cheaper options soon.

There is a cheaper dual CPU Tyan board which uses the same motherboard 
chipset. Its the Tyan Tiger-MP S2460, which doesn't have SCSI, onboard 
video, or Ethernet, but is half the price (around $200).


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