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I want to open an idea to the community.

Some of us have hardware that others don't / won't have access to. Whether it be a SPARC machine or a 24 core server, maybe even just a Mac G5 server with a lot of open accounts hosted. I dunno.

Point is I offered some people space on one of my sparc boxes and they said sure. So I got the idea of what if we had a couple of machines available to users ON A LIST that we TRUST with access to some hardware? They can get access to some stuff that they have never used for and get space for projects and build on some interesting stuff. I wouldn't mind leaving a sparc machine open to hosting.

Shall we discuss?

Edit: On top of that we don't have to give out our IP's. You can set up 5 free DNS domains here:

I got the domain for the BBS there. There isn't a restriction on how many accounts you can have I don't think? But they can't all be on the same IP.


Kind of like the old shell account days?

Yes exactly.

How much storage are we talking? As referenced in some of my older posts, I have a need to play around with 36+TB. Being able to play with that at some point and learning to pair it down to maybe fit on my system would be amazing.

Uhhhh, that depends on the person and their box @,@

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inb4 middle eastern honeypots flood the list


You know what happens when you do dig or nslookup ? =)

Thats why you wake a DNS mask bruh.
Or use a VPN.

pat pat

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Sorry -- grant money is scarce, but I'm still looking for time and ways to do my research.

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Well let me know I'll try and open some space on a box for you. Thats the point of this thread.

The thing it, it's a minimum of 36TB. I'm estimating ~70TB before I can go in and prune and compress. It's the Gene Expression Omnibus. To be honest, the most "practical" solution is for me to sink 40-80 hours of dev time after I finish a large refactoring project. I could use dev time more than anything else but school is keeping what mental energy I have from being used to do research. Once I get the development finished, I could skip much of the superfluous data and take strictly what I need to compute on.

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I'm working on this:

I have a major revision coming down (effectively taking it to v3) that will be properly structured, a little faster, be extendable, etc. There is a thread around here somewhere where I got feedback about it and I'm still incorporating it.

JESUS just get a SPARC supercluster already

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I'm actually doing one better through code. I'm going to made a grid/cluster compatible distributed parallel solver. I'm going to be implementing it through BOINC, so when I'm done I'll be kicking the [email protected] thread pretty hard to get people to help out.

Make a Sparc app compatible with ultrasparc 3i and I'll give you some scalar stuff to use.

Way before my time :P

Not really. I'd think some superscalar chips would be helpful to your dealydoo. @dinscurge could help you with it lol.

Why do you say superscalar ships would be useful here? Please explain. Especially compared to being able to have something hardware agnostic.

Well TBH X86 is great and all, however PPC, POWER, and SPARC are stupid efficient at processing numbers. Where in gene folding you would want 10 4 core X86 chips from intel you could do 1 12 core PPC chip to do the same amount of work or more (don't quote me on numbers, just that the PPC chips for example are stupid efficient). Sparc is used in super computers for a reason :P and Sparc is easily available in a lot of places. Might be older, but I imagine US3i could be useful maybe.

Lol I dunno release your code for your client and let people port it :P you'll get some interesting results I bet.

well depends on os.. basically if your running say linux, you can just compile the c with gcc on sparc and run the same c code, but is risc is designed differently than cisc, cisc is you try to optimize the processor to do everything, where risc is you optimize it to do the general purpose so much you can still do more advanced stuff by it just being that much faster at the basic shit.

so if you want to do things like advanced floating point shit sure the intel whatever is fast, but if you want to do file compression or encryption or something risc has its advantage. arm is another part of risc and performs similarly, you get lots of integer performance/can do some stuff significantly more efficiently but depends what you code/how you try to solve whatever problem

but onto the super old stuff i got kicking around dunno