[Beowulf] Reccomendations For Beowulf Cluster SMP Motherboards?
jlb17 at duke.edu
Tue Jun 13 06:04:10 PDT 2006
On Fri, 9 Jun 2006 at 2:09am, EKC wrote
> I would like to find out what motherboards people would recommend for
> a Linux cluster such as this? I have had nightmare experiences in the
> past with "server-class" motherboards that barfed under SMP Linux. I
> would like the motherboard to support 2 x dual-core opterons, at least
> 6GB of dual-channel ram, and have two gigabit Ethernet ports.
I've had very good luck with SuperMicro for a while now. My preferred
vendor <http://www.siliconmechanics.com> uses them quite extensively. My
dual core nodes use the H8DAR-T motherboard. The SATA chipset isn't
supported, but a 2 port 3ware fixes that right up (and is rock-solid to
boot). The newer SM boards use the ServerWorks HT1000 SATA controller
which, e.g. RHEL4U3 claims to support, but I've no experience with 'em.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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