[Beowulf] Tyan's Beowulf in a box

Andrew Piskorski atp at piskorski.com
Fri Jun 9 17:19:18 EDT 2006


On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 11:23:00PM -0500, Geoff Jacobs wrote:
> Found this on the Tech Report:
> http://www.tyan.com/PRODUCTS/html/typhoon_b2881_spec.html
> 
> Looks like a fairly slick setup. Basically, you get a four node beowulf
> in a box the size of a DS20, suitable for deskside use. The only problem
> is that, from what I can see, it only supports GbE.

I thought this came up before on the list when Tyan first announced
it, including pictures of early models at the show, some discussion of
the similar (but perhaps superior) boxes from Rocketcalc and Penguin
which have been around much longer, etc.  Perhaps that was elsewhere
though, as for some reason I can't seem to find it in the list
archives.

Looks like Tyan announced this Typhoon box back in March:

  http://www.tyan.com/html/pr06_typhoon_psc.html
  http://www.tyan.com/products/html/typhoon_b2881.html

Tyan's Typoon is using their S2881 motherboard.  Interestingly,
Rocketcalc says they use either the same Tyan S2881, or the S2891:

  http://www.rocketcalc.com/saturn_he.pdf

These sorts of boxes might be more compelling to more people if they
included at least the option for HTX slots, PCI-Express slots, and/or
on-motherboard Inifiniband support.  Or perhaps even onboard
Intel-based gigabit on which they might choose to support GAMMA.  (Oh,
I see the S2891 does have one PCI-Express slot, but the S2881 does
not.)

-- 
Andrew Piskorski <atp at piskorski.com>
http://www.piskorski.com/
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