Last week I got my hands on a SUN X4500 (code name “Thumper”), which is the beast of a file server that my university group is considering to buy for our ATLAS data storage needs. The big question is whether to run Solaris or Linux on the thing. In other words: what is more painful:
1) Getting Scientific Linux to run on the X4500
2) Getting the grid software that we use to run on Solaris.
I opted for the first choice and did some throughput tests which look promising. See my document:
UPDATE: The Mathematica notebook mentioned in the paper is available here.