[Beowulf] Small form computers as cluster nodes - any comments
about the Shuttle brand ?
tegner at renget.se
Sat Aug 8 22:42:28 PDT 2009
David Ramirez wrote:
> Due to space constraints I am considering implementing a 8-node (+
> master) HPC cluster project using small form computers. Knowing that
> Shuttle is a reputable brand, with several years in the market, I
> wonder if any of you out there has already used them on clusters and
> how has been your experience (performance, reliability etc.)
Not exactly what you asked for, but slightly related anyway: I have been
working on small AND silent lately. You can check some pictures at
You can judge the size from the mainboards (24.5x24.5 cm) or by the
standard 3.5 HD.
There are no fans in this system (except for the power bricks), and it
is reasonably small. Cooling is achieved by transferring heat from cpus
to a cooling channel, and this heat is then removed by natural
convection. The orientation of the boards also improves the cooling of
the other components on the boards.
The absence of fans (and small size) makes a system like this suitable
for use in an office (1u system are generally very noisy).
I'm working on an article for ClusterMonkey, and I'll fill in missing
details on that forum.
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