[Beowulf] Re: Finally, a solution for the 64 core 4TB RAM market

Bogdan Costescu Bogdan.Costescu at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de
Fri May 29 07:18:53 PDT 2009

On Fri, 29 May 2009, Mark Hahn wrote:

> but the point is that 8-socket fat nodes are going to be more 
> expensive; traditionally nonlinearly more expensive.  current 4s 
> boxes are more than 2x 2s cost.

Indeed, but you can use a 4s machine directly, without other 
investment, with best performance for either MPI or OpenMP job, while 
the 2 machines with 2s will need a fast interconnect to achieve a 
similar setup and performance, adding to the cost of the nodes.

If the application doesn't scale too well to high number of nodes 
anyway (f.e. a molecular dynamics code with a small size molecular 
system, using PME, etc.), nodes which are fat enough to accomodate it 
will offer most often the best performance and will be much easier to 
manage - no need for extra drivers, testing of cables, routing/mapper, 
etc. And 32-64 cores per node would be exactly the sweet spot for the 
types of jobs that my colleagues are running...

Bogdan Costescu

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