[Beowulf] Intel quad core nodes?

andrew holway andrew at moonet.co.uk
Tue Oct 9 15:20:17 PDT 2007

I was asking a similar question a couple of weeks ago and was unable
to get a definite answer.

I mostly gathered that amd's decision to build quad core from scratch
rather than just bolt two duals together has meant that Barcelona is
basically a bit naff. Lots of innovative stuff in there but not quite
working properly yet.

The benchmark boys that test these things have said that harpertown is
worth the wait but I would imagine not as interesting Q2 2008 when AMD
lick barcelona into something sexy.

I have heard Q4 2008 will bring 32 & 64 core chips. :)



On 08/10/2007, Barnet Wagman <b.wagman at comcast.net> wrote:
> I'm moving towards setting up a small cluster (my first), and am
> thinking about using Intel quad core processors.  However, I'm a little
> concerned about memory contention.  I'm (tentatively) going to have one
> processor per node (this appears to be the cheapest way to go), but I
> still wonder whether four cores will choke Intel's memory architecture.
> (AMD's Barcelona may be better in this regard, but it doesn't seem to be
> available yet, at least not through retail channels).
> I'd like to hear any opinions on this issue.  And if you've used quad
> core processors, I'd certainly like to hear about your experiences
> (including which processor you've used).
> thanks
> PS I couldn't find any discussion of Intel's quad core processors in the
> archive, but if I missed one, please point me to it.
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