[BioC] win 64bit and general BioC computing power?

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at merck.com
Thu Jun 17 18:48:50 CEST 2004

> From: Liaw, Andy
> Nowadays you can get a dual Opteron box with 16GB of memory 
> preloaded with
> Linux for x86-64.

Apologies: I missed one part of that sentence: for $9500.

  I would not call that `super-expensive'.  
> How much does
> it cost to run a 60- or 120-chip experiment?
> To add to what Adaikalavan and others have said:
> We are in an essentially all-Windoze environment, but we were able to
> convince our management that to do more serious computing, 
> Windoze just
> doesn't cut it.  We have a few Linux boxes fitted with lots 
> of memory, that
> are used only for computation, and nothing else.  The boxes 
> sit in a server
> room, out of everyone's sight, and we just login remotely 
> using VNC from our
> standard Windoze laptop.
> One need not move away from Windows entirely, just for the 
> large computation
> part.
> Cheers,
> Andy

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