[Beowulf] Quiet *and* powerful
daniel.pfenniger at obs.unige.ch
Sat Dec 13 13:28:45 EST 2003
Its not a 1U, its a low-noise Linux P4 box, but really *low* noise: the
We bought these for offices precisely because these boxes are designed
for low noise.
In practice in the office the box can barely be noticed, I can imagine
a dozen or more
of these boxes would not disturb a normal conversation.
Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:
>Yes, I know this has been discussed a couple of times, and that my stated
>goals are at odds with each other. But I really need the best bang for
>the noise for a system that will reside in the same room with patients
>undergoing diagnostic ultrasound scanning. Our current setup (6 1U dual
>2.4GHz Xeons, with about 11 little fans per node) is ridiculously loud,
>and annoys both the patients and the physicians. This is Bad.
>We're willing to pay for better, but don't want to take too much of a
>speed hit. Does anybody have a good vendor for quiet but still high
>performing systems? Is there any hope in the 1U form factor (my Opteron
>nodes are somewhat quieter, since they use squirrel cage fans, but are
>still too loud), or should I look at, e.g., putting Quad Opterons in a 3
>or 4U case? Or should I look at lashing together some towers (this system
>also needs to be somewhat portable)?
>Thanks for any hints, pointers, recommendations, or flames.
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