[Beowulf] Supermicro 2U

Andrew Piskorski atp at piskorski.com
Sat Feb 21 04:46:57 PST 2009

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?


Andrew Piskorski <atp at piskorski.com>

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