Advice on Cluster Hardware.

Alcino Dall Igna Junior alcino at lncc.br
Tue Feb 5 13:57:23 EST 2002


You could stick with Tyan, if you prefer, using the TigerMPX
(S2466N), that as the Asus, provide a fastether NIC on board
and with the same 66MHz PCI, and the same optional nonECC
nonbuffered DDR if with to 2 memory banks.

Alcino.

On Tue, 5 Feb 2002, Ivan Pulleyn wrote:

> 
> Rather than a Tyan TigerMP motherboard, consider the newly released
> Asus A7M266-D. It's based on the AMD 760MPX which means you get a
> 66Mhz (as opposed to 33Mhz) 64bit PCI bus. This could become important
> if you switch to Myrinet or some other fast interconnect. In addition,
> you'll have the option of regeristered or unregistered ECC
> memory. While I recommend registered (and it's required for higher
> capacities) it's nice to have a choice. Also, there's quite a number
> of 760MPX boards coming out soon so you'll have more options as you
> grow your cluster.
> 
> Ivan...
> 
> 
> On Tue, 5 Feb 2002, Alberto Ramos wrote:
> 
> > 
> >   Here in a university of Madrid, we are designing a Beowulf for paralel
> > computing in QCD. We will begin with a small cluster to see the performance
> > and later try with other comunications, like mirynet.
> > 
> >   The Hardware will be 4 nodes each consisting of:
> >   
> >   - 2xAMD MP 1800+ CPU
> >   - 1x512MB RAM DDR
> >   - 1xTyan tiger MP
> >   - 2x3-COM 905B NIC
> >   - 20GB HD
> >   
> >   The master node has 1GB of RAM DDR, and one aditional HD to use as /home.
> >   
> >   The conection will be trought a HP Procurve Switch 408 with 8 ports to use
> > Chanel Bonding.
> > 
> >   Now the questions:
> >   
> >   - Any known problems with the hardware?
> >   - Are the NIC and the Switch good choices?
> >   - Will the Intel FORTRAN 90 Compiler work with this hardware.
> >   
> >   Thank you very much for your time.
> >   
> >   Alberto.
> >   
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