clusters v SMP
r.rankin at qub.ac.uk
Mon Jan 28 12:11:51 PST 2002
At Queen's we hope to have abot £300K to spend on a new
facility. We currently have a Sun 3500 with 6 processors and 6GB
of memory and a 48 Node IBM SP.
At one stage we had thought that the budget would be around
£150K and had been looking for a Linux Cluster, however with
more money potentially available and having had presentations
from IBM and SGI with Sun and Compaq to follow we are now
The 4GB memory restriction of an Intel node would be too
restrictive for some of our users. The majority I suspect are
still running single processor jobs while we have several users
who can exploit parallel architectures.
Some advice on the pros and cons of the different architectures
would be appreciated - we are looking for a central production
system and not one that is owned by a department.
Queen's University Belfast
tel: 02890 273819
fax: 02890 230592
email: r.rankin at qub.ac.uk
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