[Beowulf] Quiet *and* powerful

Dean Johnson dtj at uberh4x0r.org
Fri Dec 12 14:57:07 EST 2003


On Fri, 2003-12-12 at 13:04, Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2003 at 12:08:31PM -0500, Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:
> 
> > Our current setup (6 1U dual 
> > 2.4GHz Xeons, with about 11 little fans per node) is ridiculously loud, 
> 
> The main issue is 1U -- small fans are inefficient, so you end up with
> a lot more noise for a given amount of power.
> 

And they are MUCH higher pitched, which pegs the annoy-o-meter. I used
to have an SGI 1100 (1U dual PIII) and an SGI Origin 200 in my home
office. They were both probably the same overall loudness, but it was
the 1100 that I would shut off when I wasn't using it.

-- 

	-Dean

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