[Beowulf] FY;) the Helmer cluster

Dan.Kidger at quadrics.com Dan.Kidger at quadrics.com
Thu Oct 9 06:18:54 PDT 2008

Looking at the CAD drawings - is there any reason why the nodes are built into circular columns, rather than traditional cuboid boxes?
If anything such a design does not make full use of the physical space available.

And if you did pack the columns as drawn (with vertical water pipes in the gaps) - how do you service the nodes to replace failed components, water leaks et al. ?

And also (I do work for an interconnect company after all) how would all this get wired up together as a cluster?


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-----Original Message-----
From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Chris Samuel
Sent: 09 October 2008 04:41
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Subject: Re: [Beowulf] FY;) the Helmer cluster

----- "Igor Kozin" <i.n.kozin at googlemail.com> wrote:

> lol the guy surely is very ambitious - 4 PFLOPS for $0.9M
> http://helmer3.sfe.se/

Sadly it looks like that's based on the single precision
numbers for graphics cards, rather than double..

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