A quick look at the differences between:
- Cluster Computers
- Mainframe Computers
A cluster computer is a system that uses many smaller computers in tandem to accomplish something that an ordinary computer would take far longer to do.
A mainframe computer uses as many resources as possible within a single machine to accomplish feats that an ordinary computer would take far longer to do.
A workstation computer uses increased ram, graphics processing capabilities, and other performance improvements to do what an ordinary computer would take at least somewhat longer to do.
So what is currently “Mid Range?”
- Core i5 or i7 processor
- 4-8 Gb of Ram
- 250-500 Gb Hard Drive (HDD or SSD)
- 512 Mb Video Memory or Higher
- Windows 7 or higher/ – Linux Mint 17.3 / Mac OSX 10
Generally a multi core computer is ordinary with dual quad and even 8 core configurations being average, 2 Ghz – 3+ Ghz is ordinary.
An average workstations specs are actually:
- Intel(R) Xeon(R) E3-1280v3 3.6 GHz (up to 4.0 GHz) 8MB 82W GT0 4C HT CPU
- 32GB DDR3-1600 nECC (4x8GB) Unbuffered RAM
- HP Z Turbo Drive 512GB 1st Solid-State Drive (SSD) – PCIe
- 4TB 7200 RPM Enterprise SATA 2nd Hard Drive
- 3 TB 7200 RPM SATA 3rd Hard Drive
- RAID 1 Mirrored Array Configuration
- AMD FirePro W2100 2GB 1st Graphics – PCIe
- AMD FirePro W2100 2GB 2nd Graphics – PCIe
- Intel(R) Ethernet I210-T1 PCIe Network Interface Card – PCIe
- 64GB SSD Disk Cache Module
An average mainframe’s specs can be read about here. And there are even instructions on building cluster computers like the one below:
In conclusion there might not be an ideal computer in every home yet, but the more you know about it the current technology, the higher your expectations should be.