[Beowulf] More cores/More processors/More nodes?

amjad ali amjad11 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 17 12:58:52 PST 2006

Dear Peter W.

Once I raised question similar to yours, having my requirement somwhat
very similar to yours. Please see my email in Beowulf Archive with

"Slection from processor choices; Requesting Giudence"

posted during the later half of June this year.

At the end of discussion, I (opted) came up with the following design:

Each node having two AMD Opteron Dual Core processors and 4GB of main
memory on Tyan Thunder Board with GiGE as the interconnect.

BZU, Multan, Pakistan.

On 9/28/06, Peter Wainwright <prw at ceiriog.eclipse.co.uk> wrote:
> Please enlighten a baffled newbie:
> Now there are motherboards with 8 sockets; quad-core processors; and
> clusters
> with as many nodes as you can shake a stick at.
> It seems there are at least 3 dimensions for expansion.  What (in your
> opinion) is the right tradeoff between more cores, more processors and
> more
> individual compute nodes?
> In particular, I am thinking of in-house parallel finite difference /
> finite element codes,
> parallel BLAS, and maybe some commercial Monte-Carlo codes (the last
> being an
> embarrassingly parallel problem).
> I have been set the task of building our first cluster for these
> applications.
> Our existing in-house codes run on an SGI machine with a parallelizing
> compiler.
> They would need to be ported to use MPI on a cluster.  However, I do not
> understand
> what happens when you have multi-processor/multi-core nodes in a
> cluster.  Do you
> just use MPI (with each thread using its own non-shared memory) or is
> there any
> way to do "mixed-mode" programming which takes advantage of shared
> memory within a
> node (like, an MPI/OpenMP hybrid?).
> Peter Wainwright
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