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Re: Palm 3 and Speech synth




Doug

You are not as far away from realizing your dreama as you may
think. 

The supercomputer of today is not a multi-multi-million dollar
and 
a multi ton stack of iron.  It is a cluster of Linux PCs. 
Extendable 
as far as you need to go, and can afford the PCs.  

A couple of sharp women in northern Virginia put together a four
PC 
cluster using scrounged, old 486 computers, and got some
remarkable 
results.  Really amazing, considering the negligible price tag. 
But 
they were proving a point; first to themselves, and then to the 
NOVALUG (Northern Virginia Linux Users Group).  You can see the 
report of their work on the NOVALUG site at  WWW.TUX.ORG.  
Muddle 
around and get to the NOVALUG archives for early to middle of
last 
year.  Their paper has references to HOW-TOs. 

Of course, the Super-Cluster for serious work would use more
current 
computers, as is the case with several Linux "SuperClusters" that 
are presently in operation -- at a small fraction of the cost of
the 
previous generation.  Another benefit of the Linux Cluster
approach 
is higher reliability -- if individual computers fail, the load
is 
shared among the remainder, with a small degradation in
performance. 

Moe Aitel
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Doug Smith wrote:

(SNIP)

> Now to the real thing this message is about. You said you want one of
> those palm-top devices. Those are nice from what I have heard. I would
> like one of those supercomputers your company makes. Just load it up
> and bring it to me. If not, I would like to know more about mainframes
> and supercomputers. Where on IBM's web site can I read more about
> these kinds of devices including energy requirements, memory
> capacities, peripheral and configurations and price lists and
> more. These giants have fascinated me ever since I have been in
> computing and I either want one or want to know more about them.
> 
> Thanks.
> 
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