[Beowulf] Your thoughts on use of NUMA-based systems in clusters?

Clements, Brent M (SAIC) brent.clements at bp.com
Thu Sep 21 11:24:39 EDT 2006


Intel's NUMA-like solution and also just in general

Thanks


-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Tierney [mailto:ctierney at hypermall.net] 
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:21 AM
To: Clements, Brent M (SAIC)
Cc: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Your thoughts on use of NUMA-based systems in
clusters?

Clements, Brent M (SAIC) wrote:
> Out of my own curiosity, would those of you that have delt with 
> current/next generation intel based NUMA systems give me your opinions

> on why/why not you would buy or use them as a cluster node.
> 
> I'm looking for primarily technical opinions.

To which NUMA systems are you referring?  Are you talking about SGI
Altix systems?  Intel's NUMA-like solution for both ia64 and x86-64,
Common System Interface (CSI), to compete with hyper-transport has been
rumored to be delayed until 2009.

If anyone has seen CSI in the wild, I doubt they could mention it.

Wikipedia has a small blurb on it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_System_Interface

Craig

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