Ole W. Saastad
ole at scali.com
Sun Jun 16 01:53:45 PDT 2002
with this talk about scalability and switches I would like to
point out that the SCI interconnect uses no switch.
The only thing you need to add an extra compute nodes
and just recable the cluster. The cost increases linearly with
the number of nodes. There are no step costs when you must buy
more switch ports. Each of the SCI cards are in fact a switch and
the switch in then distributes over the whole cluster and thence
scale with the number of nodes (Scalable Coherent Interface).
In this way you will always have full bisection bandwidth and
extremely low latency throughout the cluster. Try running the
benchmark all2all on different clusters and interconnects.
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