Advice on Cluster Hardware.
Doug J Nordwall
doug at pnl.gov
Tue Feb 5 10:33:38 PST 2002
On Tue, 2002-02-05 at 09:35, Alberto Ramos wrote:
> Here in a university of Madrid, we are designing a Beowulf for paralel
> computing in QCD. We will begin with a small cluster to see the performance
> and later try with other comunications, like mirynet.
> The Hardware will be 4 nodes each consisting of:
> - 2xAMD MP 1800+ CPU
> - 1x512MB RAM DDR
> - 1xTyan tiger MP
> - 2x3-COM 905B NIC
> - 20GB HD
> The master node has 1GB of RAM DDR, and one aditional HD to use as /home.
> The conection will be trought a HP Procurve Switch 408 with 8 ports to use
> Chanel Bonding.
> Now the questions:
> - Any known problems with the hardware?
not as far as I know
> - Are the NIC and the Switch good choices?
if you are not doing high speed connectivity, these are fine choices.
Does each machine have 2 3com cards in it? Are you planning on binding
> - Will the Intel FORTRAN 90 Compiler work with this hardware.
It should. I'm not sure it'll gain you any performance boosts though,
since you are using AMD processors.
> Thank you very much for your time.
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Douglas J Nordwall http://rex.nmhu.edu/~musashi
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