[Beowulf] Not all cores are created equal

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Wed Dec 24 03:26:18 PST 2008

----- "John Hearns" <hearnsj at googlemail.com> wrote:

> My prediction for the New Year - someone will
> produce a dedicated HPC node with multicore Nehalems,
> plus a cheap, single core processor for OS 'housekeeping'
> tasks.

That's, umm, interesting.. :-)

Perhaps with a ULP Core 2 from a notebook as the
housekeeping one (yeah, it'll have 2 cores, but
you can just hotplug one out if you don't want it)..

> Maybe such a board will also have slots for GPU
> accelerators too. 

I believe that people are already making external
cages with PCIe slots that connect back over a high
spec PCIe link.

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