[Beowulf] Infiniband Support ?
hearnsj at googlemail.com
Mon May 26 05:23:30 PDT 2014
I agree with what Andrew says - you can buy some very powerful single
motherboard systems these days.
I would suggest two things though:
a) if you are planning to use this cluster for learning about MPI and
cluster interconnects why not get some gigabit ethernet cards plus a
b) Look for second hand Infiniband cards and a switch on eBay.
Or look at Colfax Direct sell http://www.colfaxdirect.com
I saw one of these rather nifty eigght port switches from Mellanox at Cloud
Expo in London:
Or even easier the twelve port version:
On 26 May 2014 12:58, Andrew Holway <andrew.holway at gmail.com> wrote:
> This cluster is now a little bit ancient. I have a feeling that, for the
> price of upgrading your network to Infiniband (around $10000 for QDR), you
> could buy a single, dual socket server that will be more powerful. The pcie
> bus on those systems is PCIe x8 Gen1 which would halve the speed anyway.
> You could *maybe* find old DDR IB on ebay or similar.
> What kind of application are you running on the cluster? is it connected
> to any kind of storage system?
> On 26 May 2014 11:50, amjad ali <amjad11 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> We have a small cluster of 16 nodes (single socket) with Intel S3210SH
>> motherboards. Does it fully support to connect these nodes with infiniband
>> switch and also installing the relevant iniband host adapter/interface
>> Is it worth to add such an high speed interconnect for such a general
>> purpose cluster?
>> If there is no support possible with infiniband then can we plan for any
>> other high speed interconnect technology like Myrinet, Quadrics etc.
>> Amjad Ali
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