[Beowulf] Intel Phi musings

Mark Hahn hahn at mcmaster.ca
Tue Feb 26 12:57:49 PST 2013

> It may depend on how many you are trying to get. We have a new cluster here
> with about 80 nodes with four per node. I got a singe development node from
> another supplier last week.

do you mean it's easier to get large quantities?  that is the 
impression I'm getting.  we have two nvidia clusters, and unfortunately
are out-of-phase to fund a new phi cluster.  but spending 5-20k
on phi is doable, except that they seem to have no "street"
(reseller) presence at all.

colfax lists them, but only in systems.  I'm not really clear on why
I can't just buy one and drop it into an existing system.  it's not 
like hot pcie cards are anything new...

thanks, mark.

> Scott
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM, Mark Hahn <hahn at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
>> How the hell do you get Phi cards?
>> We've been beating the bushes and have had no luck so far,
>> in spite of having significant history with GP-GPU and some
>> cash burning a hole in our pocket...
>> the most info I've gotten so far is that a local reseller
>> claims that Phi might be available at some time from OEMs
>> like Supermicro.  apparently not directly from Intel though.
>> thanks, mark.
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