Advice on Cluster Hardware.

Angelos Molfetas amolfetas at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 7 21:09:36 EST 2002


There is also an Athlon SMP motherboard made by MSI
(K7D Master-L, MS-6501) which has 2 64bit/66Mhz PCI
slots
(http://www.msicomputer.com/product/detail_spec/K7DmasterL.htm).
Tiger MPX (S2466) motherboard also offers 2
64bit/66Mhz PCI slots
(http://www.tyan.com/products/html/tigermpx.html). As
Ivan mentioned, the ASUS A7M266-D
(http://www.asus.com.tw/mb/socketa/a7m266-d/overview.htm)
also offers 2 64bit/66Mhz PCI slots. I have not
performed or seen any benchmarks comparing these three
boards. 

Regards,

Angelos 

 --- Ivan Pulleyn <ivan at torpid.com> 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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