[Beowulf] Max flops to watts hardware for a cluster
dieter at engr.uky.edu
Wed Feb 18 10:24:31 EST 2004
On Wednesday, February 18, 2004, at 09:35 AM, Bogdan Costescu wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Feb 2004, William Dieter wrote:
>> 23 Generic Fast Ethernet NIC $8.00 $184.00
> How much in terms of power have you assigned to this item ?
The tool is not perfect. We have not broken down the power to that
level of detail. There is a tradeoff between how much work you have to
do for each component and how much detail the model has.
> If you really buy a cheap low-end FE NIC, you'll most probably end up
> with a RTL8139 based card. This chip by design puts quite a load on
> the main CPU especially if you use it in a cluster context (=lots of
> network activity). This might increase significantly the power
> consumption or reduce the available flops...
To get really accurate power consumption numbers we would have to
measure for many different CPU/Motherboard/NIC combinations.
OTOH, there are some really cheap cards based on the Davicom 9102
chipset, (newegg.com has at least two different brands for $4.00 to
$6.00). The Davicom 9102 is enough of a tulip clone that the Ethernet
HOWTO recommends trying the tulip driver before the manufacturer
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