[Beowulf] Gen - 1 Clusters

steve_heaton at ozemail.com.au steve_heaton at ozemail.com.au
Wed May 4 23:09:23 PDT 2005

G'day all

Just a little observation I'd like to share :)

Obviously looking to avoid a repeat of the recent teeth pulling over architectures... and my appologies to those at the bleeding edge...

It's interesting to look at the current prices on previous generation (gen-1) desktop CPUs. I'm sure everyone knows that a good "bang for buck" price point exists on the past generation CPUs. Lovely for "personal" Beowulfs. My cluster deliberately runs dual P3's - they're cheap! :)

Now that dual core's are coming out, the current AMD MP's and Xeons are about to get kicked down a notch. So I've started to sniff out potential replacements for my faithfull P3's.

What I've found is that it looks like my upgrade will be to Xeons <gasp> despite the cooling and performance concerns... The AMD CPUs/mobos are holding their price too well!

However if anyone on the list is looking to offload their obsolete single core Opterons, please let me know =)


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