15 November 2006

EdGCM votes are for Linux

As Michael Ellerman recommended, I went & voted for a Linux implementation of the EdGCM climate modeller, and to my great surprise Linux is head of the pack, 38.6% versus 31.4% for the next competitor. Then 17%, 11.8% and the change is 1.3%.

I wonder if these guys realise that doing a Linux version will essentially do them a version for anything Unixy showing an X display?

On top of this, with XMing kicking around, that will give them simple access to lots of educational desktops. Why install anything when a shell account on the department’s mini gives anybody access to EdGCM?

Anyway, they’d counted 153 votes when I checked. A few more hits from us won’t really go astray, will they?

2 comments:

Mark C. said...

It's not that we are listening. But, EdGCM was written entirely in the 4th Dimension database language. We can't port to Linux unless 4D, Inc. creates a linux version of 4th Dimension.

Anonymous said...

You wrote: with XMing kicking around, that will give them simple access to lots of educational desktops. Why install anything when a shell account on the department’s mini gives anybody access to EdGCM?

This isn't a valid solution. You're running a GCM, it is extremely computationally intensive. You don't want shared resources, multiple running at once, etc. A dedicated desktop is better. Email and web-browsing will work while this runs, but you can't use the admins mini.