[Beowulf] Supermicro 2U

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Sat Feb 21 08:48:55 EST 2009


Andrew Piskorski wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 04:10:33PM +0000, John Hearns wrote:
>> It is a tad lame to repeat articles from HPCwire here, but I can't help it.
>> New. Shiny. http://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/2UTwin2.cfm
> 
> So it gets to use all larger 80 mm case fans, while stuffing 4
> dual-socket nodes into one 2u case, neat.  Only two tiny little
> screechy fans, in the power supplies.
> 
> The "4x InfiniBand controller ports" listed for the 6026TT Server
> seems a bit confusing though.  A few of the motherboard options
> include built-in InfiniBand, but only Opteron boards (e.g., the
> H8DMT-IBXF), none of the supported Intel cpu motherboards have that.
> 
> What are the pros/cons of the on-motherboard InfiniBand compared to
> using an add-on IB and riser card in the PCI-Express slot?
> 
>   http://www.supermicro.com/Aplus/motherboard/Opteron2000/MCP55/H8DMT-IBXF.cfm

One of my colleagues is ordering a Microway system ASAP, and I'll be 
looking at it.  We're looking at these for our next system, as well. 
The combination of IB, density and Opteron looked very promising to my 
group.

gerry
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