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ethan.dicks at usap.gov
Fri Oct 10 08:38:10 CDT 2008
On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 01:40:39AM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Oct 9, 2008, at 6:37 PM, Chris M wrote:
> >OI I know what supercomputers are used for.
> Ahh. That's surprising, given your question. ;)
> >The essence of my question is are these things at all user friendly?
> It's a UNIX box, man. The most (programmer-)friendly OS in
> existence. At least for even moderately technical people.
There are UNIX-compatible people and non-UNIX-compatible people
(cf Unix Hater's Handbook).
Personally, I fell in love with UNIX from the first day I
ran across it in 1984, but the 36-bit crowd was, um,
> >What familiar apps COULD be run if I was disposed to want to?
> Familiar apps? Well, pretty much anything that runs under UNIX,
> possibly given some porting effort. Hell, my friend James Sharp
> ported Apache httpd to my Cray J90 and ran a web server on it.
> As far as "familiar apps", though...it's not exactly the type of
> equipment you'd want to run Firefox on. But surely you have a modern
> computer (or even a not-so-modern one, if you're still running
> Windows) for stuff like that.
If I had a Cray at my disposal, I'd probably give LCDproc
<http://www.lcdproc.org/> a try, but that's strictly out of
of the same perverse sense that makes someone want to run
a webserver on a platform that isn't exactly built for "mudane"
sorts of apps. I really don't know what I'd do to "open up the
throttle" on a Cray.
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