[Beowulf] Building new cluster - estimate

Ivan Oleynik iioleynik at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 21:58:38 EDT 2008


Joshua,

Thanks for your response.

I may be wrong but Barcelona at 2.3GHz is being offered at the same price as
> Harpertown at 2.8GHz.
>

Yes, both opteron 2356 and Xeon E5440 are comparable in pricing (~ $700),
but it is 0.5 GHz difference!

I am going to run some tests, but our previous experience with 2.0GHz
Barcelona was not very encouraging.



> I think you can find Barcelona 2.3GHz from Dell for $1800 USD or around
> that
> with SDR.
>

Is this price with fully loaded unit (both cpu chips and decent amount of
memory present)? I would like to get the link to the source of info, if
available.

Thanks,

Ivan






> ------ Original Message ------
> Received: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 01:01:58 PM PDT
> From: "Ivan Oleynik" <iioleynik at gmail.com>
> To: beowulf at beowulf.org
> Subject: [Beowulf] Building new cluster - estimate
>
> > I am in process of upgrading computational facilities of my lab and
> > considering of building/purchasing 40 node cluster. Before contacting
> > vendors I would like to get some understanding how much would it cost.
> The
> > major considerations/requirements:
> >
> > 1. newest Intel quad-core CPUs (Opteron quad-core cpus are out of
> question
> > due to ridiculous pricing), good balance of price/performance
> > 2. reasonably fast interconnect (IB SDR 10Gb/s would suffice our
> > computational needs (running LAMMPs molecular dynamics and VASP DFT
> codes)
> > 3. 48U rack (preferably with good thermal management)
> >
> > I used newegg plus some extra info to get pricing for IB. This is what I
> > got:
> >
> > Single node configuration
> >
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > - 2x Intel Xeon E5420 Hapertown 2.5 GHz quad core CPU         :
> 2x$350=$700
> > - Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 Supermicro mb                                :
> > $430
> > - Kingston 8 Gb (4x2Gb) DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 memory    :  $360
> > - WD Caviar 750 Gb SATA HD
>  :
> > $110
> > -Melanox InfiniHost Single port 4x IB SDR 10Gb/s PCI-e card    :  $125
> (
> > http://www.colfaxdirect.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=12)
> > - 1U case including power supply, fans
>  :
> > $150
> >
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> >           $1,875/node
> >
> > Cluster estimate:
> > ------------------------
> > 40 nodes:
> >
> > : 40x$187=$75,000
> > 2x24-port 4X (10Gb/s) 1U SDR IB Flextronics Switches            :
> > 2x$2400=$4,800
> >
> (
> http://www.colfaxdirect.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=7&idproduct=13
> )<
> http://www.colfaxdirect.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=7&idproduct=13
> >
> > IB
> > cables
> > : 40$65=$,2600
> > 48U rack cabinet, PDUs, power cables,                                  :
> > $3000
> >
>
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > TOTAL: $85,400
> >
> > I would like to get some advice from experts from this list, is this
> pricing
> > realistic? Are there any flaws with configuration?
> >
> > In principle, we have some experience in building and managing clusters,
> but
> > with 40 node systems it would make sense to get a good cluster integrator
> to
> > do the job. Can people share their recent experiences and recommend
> reliable
> > vendors to deal with?
> >
> > Many thanks,
> >
> > Ivan Oleynik
> >
>
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