[Beowulf] Reccomendations For Beowulf Cluster SMP Motherboards?
Gerry Creager N5JXS
gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Tue Jun 13 23:55:34 EDT 2006
Mark Hahn wrote:
>>>I have had nightmare experiences in the past with "server-class"
>>>motherboards that barfed under SMP Linux.
> SMP-specific barfage sounds very strange. might this have been in
> the dark ages with dual-intel boards that had bad apic buses? or
> athlon-mp's? things are very different now. I don't believe there's
> much of anything SMP-oriented that the board vendor needs to do...
>>I've had very good luck with SuperMicro for a while now. My preferred
> I tend to Tyan for supra-desktop machines, though expect most SuperMicro
> and MSI would also do OK.
Tyan or SuperMicro, depending on whether I'm going Opteron (preferred)
>>dual core nodes use the H8DAR-T motherboard. The SATA chipset isn't
>>supported, but a 2 port 3ware fixes that right up (and is rock-solid to
> well, there is a sata_mv driver; I think I've seen positive reports:
We've seen spotty Linux support of Via chipset SATA controllers, but
most others are well supported, at least in our experience.
Gerry Creager -- gerry.creager at tamu.edu
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