SBC and beowulf

Chris Black cblack at eragen.com
Mon Jul 16 12:25:23 EDT 2001


On Sat, Jul 14, 2001 at 04:08:35PM +0000, Pedro Díaz Jiménez wrote:
> 
> Hi Beowulf people,
> 
> Does anyone here has had experiences with SBC (single board computer) 
> beowulfs?. I find it a very interesting topic in cluster building techniques,

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> If anyone has had that experiences I will greatly apreciate that he/she could 
> answer some questions I have in mind. I'm mainly interested in cost-efective  
> (probably x86) SBC with PCI interface (if feel that VME is a little offtopic 
> for a beowulf,isn't it?). The main questions I have are:
> 
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The main questions *I* would have about SBC clusters are:
1) Would it be cost effective?
It seems that SBCs are more expensive for the same amount of 
CPU power and memory than rackmount nodes with standard motherboards.

2) What would be the benefit?
I assume it would be space/power/cooling?

Chris
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