[Beowulf] Re: GPU boards and cluster servers.
gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Fri Sep 5 08:51:58 EDT 2008
At $6k US, and requiring me to get Vista, I'd rather build a system
starting with, e.g., an Asus motherboard. I save one-third the price
and I don't have to file the environmental impact statement on the
flawed OS. I also get NICs I can easily set to accommodate Jumbo Frames.
andrew holway wrote:
> The new Dell R5400 Rackmount workstation is ideal for this. You can
> slip two Xeons, 16GB ram and two chunky graphics cards in there.
> On Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 6:06 AM, Li, Bo <libo at buaa.edu.cn> wrote:
>> It seems your platform is more suitable for a cluster. Great, and when are
>> the products available? And is there any software support from you?
>> Li, Bo
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Maurice Hilarius
>> To: Li, Bo
>> Cc: kus at free.net ; i.kozin at dl.ac.uk ; Beowulf Mailing List
>> Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008 9:36 AM
>> Subject: GPU boards and cluster servers.
>> Li, Bo wrote:
>> Is it too expensive for the platform?
>> The easy solution is:
>> And X48 level motherboard with CF support, about $150
>> Q6600 Processor, about $170
>> Two 4870X2 $1,100
>> Two Seagate SATA Harddisk 500G for Raid1, about $140
>> 4*2G DDR2 RAM, about $150
>> PSU 1000W, about $200
>> A big box, about $100
>> That's all, in total, $2,010.
>> Li, Bo
>> True, to a point.
>> Most people will not use a desktop board for a cluster.
>> Too I/O bound.
>> Finally the memory capacity of these desktop boards is pretty limiting.
>> Typically 8GB maximum.
>> Generally a XEON or Opteron chipset and CPUs will be the choice.
>> Also, for most GPU/FPU performance work, the memory bandwidth bottleneck on
>> the Intel product is too much of a negative factor.
>> Lastly, for clusters, most want a rackmount chassis.
>> We developed a 2U designed for a server board and 2 GPU boards.
>> The big challenge there is power.
>> We use dual 600W PSUs. One for motherboard, and one for dual GPU boards.
>> With our best regards,
>> Maurice W. Hilarius Telephone: 01-780-456-9771
>> Hard Data Ltd. FAX: 01-780-456-9772
>> 11060 - 166 Avenue email:maurice at harddata.com
>> Edmonton, AB, Canada http://www.harddata.com/
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