[Beowulf] Quiet *and* powerful

Daniel Pfenniger daniel.pfenniger at obs.unige.ch
Sat Dec 13 13:28:45 EST 2003


Its not a 1U, its a low-noise Linux P4 box, but really *low* noise: the 
transtec 1200
We bought these for offices precisely because these boxes are designed 
for low noise.


In practice in the office the box can barely be noticed,  I can imagine 
a dozen or more
of these boxes would not disturb a normal conversation.


Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:

>Yes, I know this has been discussed a couple of times, and that my stated 
>goals are at odds with each other.  But I really need the best bang for 
>the noise for a system that will reside in the same room with patients 
>undergoing diagnostic ultrasound scanning.  Our current setup (6 1U dual 
>2.4GHz Xeons, with about 11 little fans per node) is ridiculously loud, 
>and annoys both the patients and the physicians.  This is Bad.
>We're willing to pay for better, but don't want to take too much of a 
>speed hit.  Does anybody have a good vendor for quiet but still high 
>performing systems?  Is there any hope in the 1U form factor (my Opteron 
>nodes are somewhat quieter, since they use squirrel cage fans, but are 
>still too loud), or should I look at, e.g., putting Quad Opterons in a 3 
>or 4U case?  Or should I look at lashing together some towers (this system 
>also needs to be somewhat portable)?
>Thanks for any hints, pointers, recommendations, or flames.

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