[Beowulf] Re: [Bioclusters] Direct connect infiniband/quadrics?

Glen Otero gotero at linuxprophet.com
Tue Mar 15 10:10:32 PST 2005

Speaking to the workable question--I've built small clusters just like 
you described with Quadrics, Infiniband and Rocks. Quadrics support 
isn't built into Rocks, but the Quadrics folks typically make their 
software Rocks-aware. Infiniband support is supposedly built into 
Rocks, but I haven't heard any success stories with it. It seems that 
it's too Infinicon-centric. So you may be limited to using Infinicon 
gear to make that work. I have experience making the openIB stuff work 
with Rocks, so that is the path I would recommend. Mellanox and Topspin 
are good to work with, as is Quadrics, when it comes to shoe-horning 
their software onto Rocks clusters.

You'll see better performance even with two nodes. But I'd take a hard 
look at what it will cost you to scale out with either interconnect and 
decide if the difference in latency is worth the difference in price.


On Mar 15, 2005, at 9:22 AM, Farul Mohd Ghazali wrote:

> Has anyone had any experience with a direct connect/point-to-point 
> implementation of Quadrics or Inifiniband? I talked to a small lab 
> doing some computational chemistry and molecular dynamics work and 
> they're interested in setting up a cluster but there is a need to 
> justify the cost of a cluster before the budget can be approved.
> During the discussion, the idea of using direct connect infiniband or 
> quadrics on two dual or quad Opteron nodes came up as a testbed 
> platform to justify to management. From a price point of view, this is 
> very attractive since it'll probably cost less than $40,000 (two quad 
> Opterons, two Quadrics cards) for a testbed system. Money is tight...
> So, is this setup workable? In theory this should be faster than a 
> gigabit based interconnect, even if it's just two nodes but I'd 
> welcome any other ideas/suggestions. Thanks.
> -- "Leadership & Life-long Learning" --
> Farul Mohd. Ghazali
> Manager, Systems & Bioinformatics
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