Subject: /. The Space Simulator Cluster

Thomas Zheng tzheng at
Tue Nov 26 17:20:27 EST 2002

Has anyone used the Shuttle SS40G to build his/her beowulf systems?

At 09:09 AM 11/26/2002 -0500, Mark Hahn wrote:
> > lanl's web page says the per node price was under $1k.  So with 294 
> nodes and
> > a $500k total price, they've still got over $100k to spend on switches and
> > wire racks.
>the racks, of course, are dead cheap (costco, $100 or so).
> > effective to me.  A 1U or 2U rack case is just as dense as those shuttle
> > boxes.
>hmm, 1U is 19" x 1.75 = 214.5 sq cm of "rack surface area".
>xpc is 20x28.5cm=370 sq cm
>an "ultraslim" desktop from HP (eg) is 218 sq cm.
>so yes, xpc's use somewhat larger space.  that's hardly a bad thing, since
>if you were really interested in density, you'd be using blades.  airflow
>might well be easier to manage with these.
>the real question is: how reliable are they?  if you figure that they have
>two 50Khour fans in each unit (PS and CPU/heatpipe), they'll be replacing
>a unit every 3.5 days.  no doubt they'll have a pile of spares, but it's
>still something of a pain.
> > With a dual CPU board you could get by with half the number of Gb
> > switch ports, which aren't cheap for >24 port switches.
>true, but your linpack score would probably also go down...
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