[Beowulf] [Bioclusters] Direct connect infiniband/quadrics? (fwd from farul at aldrich.com.my)
eugen at leitl.org
Tue Mar 15 09:26:57 PST 2005
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From: Farul Mohd Ghazali <farul at aldrich.com.my>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 01:22:40 +0800
To: "Clustering, compute farming & distributed computing in life science informatics" <bioclusters at bioinformatics.org>
Subject: [Bioclusters] Direct connect infiniband/quadrics?
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Has anyone had any experience with a direct connect/point-to-point
implementation of Quadrics or Inifiniband? I talked to a small lab
doing some computational chemistry and molecular dynamics work and
they're interested in setting up a cluster but there is a need to
justify the cost of a cluster before the budget can be approved.
During the discussion, the idea of using direct connect infiniband or
quadrics on two dual or quad Opteron nodes came up as a testbed
platform to justify to management. From a price point of view, this is
very attractive since it'll probably cost less than $40,000 (two quad
Opterons, two Quadrics cards) for a testbed system. Money is tight...
So, is this setup workable? In theory this should be faster than a
gigabit based interconnect, even if it's just two nodes but I'd welcome
any other ideas/suggestions. Thanks.
-- "Leadership & Life-long Learning" --
Farul Mohd. Ghazali
Manager, Systems & Bioinformatics
Open Source Systems Sdn. Bhd.
www.aldrich.com.my Tel: +603-8656 0139/29 Fax: +603-8656 0132
Bioclusters maillist - Bioclusters at bioinformatics.org
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