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Help me justify her

Unread postby artherd » Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:54 am

Ever since I was little I've always wanted one. The day finally came a while ago.

I've a 16 proc Onyx^2 I'd like to justify turning on (ie power bill!)

Ideas?

(by justify, I mean financially.)

It kills me to have it sit idle.
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby joerg » Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:32 am

Buy one or more of these....
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SCNR.

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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby SAQ » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:48 am

Run it when you need it. The big power hit is the half a day (or more) you're not using it.

Pity that SGI didn't have something like Sun used in the E10k where you could shut down nodes (and graphics) when they weren't needed (so you could have your Onyx/Origin idling on one nodeboard and then "wake it up".
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby porter » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:56 am

artherd wrote:I've a 16 proc Onyx^2 I'd like to justify turning on (ie power bill!)


Turn it on in the winter instead of a heater.
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby TeeTylerToe » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:58 pm

you can set it to only be on certain hours of the day. you can set it to be on only 2 or so hours a day, I dunno, maybe even different hours different days of the week.

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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby porter » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:14 pm

You have a much smaller machine that queues jobs and gets a feed of power prices.

Each job has an estimated value and elapsed time to run.

The smaller machine then determines the ideal time to power the machine up, run the batch jobs then power down again.

Or you could say that thermal shock of powering up and down would take too much of a toll.
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby guardian452 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:36 pm

when winter comes you can run it 24 7. If you have electric heat you won't notice a difference. Probably won't notice a difference anyway even if you have gas.

for the summer just vent the exhaust to the outside, that should help a bit.

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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby Oskar45 » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:10 am

artherd wrote:I've a 16 proc Onyx^2 I'd like to justify turning on (ie power bill!)

Life is too short for worrying about such trivials. Fire up this baby and be happy! ;)
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby bigD » Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:25 pm

No seriously, fire that sh*t up!

Set up a couple of user accounts for us to SSH into, and we'll donate to a PayPal account. :)
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby fatal_error » Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:58 am

Yeah, bring it on!
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby recondas » Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:05 am

artherd wrote:I've a 16 proc Onyx^2 I'd like to justify turning on (ie power bill!)

(by justify, I mean financially.)

My guess would be that the previous owner already decided it wasn't financially justifiable <or you and I wouldn't own one>. It's a legendary machine, there more than a few legendary applications that will run nicely on it. Find a few that interest you.

"I've always wanted one" should help to provide a substantial chunk of justification.
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby maxsleg » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:54 am

The O2k systems take a while to boot up, especially if you have a lot of RAM, so I wouldn't recommend powering it up for 2-3 hour sessions as you will have a slice of that time doing nothing but POST.
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby Frapazoid » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:17 am

The novelty alone justifies it.

Start making cartoons with your computer so you can put all 16 processors to work rendering.
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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby hamei » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:20 am

Speak of the Devil ! yay ! Hi frapster ! Polish girls didn't get ya yet, eh ?

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Re: Help me justify her

Unread postby Frapazoid » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:37 pm

OH, they got me. I'm due to be branded with the hot iron of marriage as soon as we finagle our way through the beaurocracy.
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