[Beowulf] Low cost Hi Density - Nehalem clusters

Jon Forrest jlforrest at berkeley.edu
Tue Nov 24 19:41:56 PST 2009

Ralph Mason wrote:
> We have been building a development cluster using consumer core i7 
> processors with 12gb of ram each and a ide cf boot disk on a motherboard 
> with embedded everything.  This is very cost effective as it uses 
> consumer processors and the cheapest ram (ram prices skyrocket once you 
> go higher than 2gb modules).  
> Does anyone know of any commercial offering that can pack these nodes 
> into a high density rack or offer a similar price performance curve for 
> the given ram and processing power?  

I've recently used Finetec (www.finetec.com) to put together
a cluster based on the dual-motherboard Supermicro cases.
Since each motherboard can hold 2 processors, and each AMD
Istanbul processor has 6-cores, I can get 24 cores per rack
unit. That's pretty dense.

I believe that SuperMicro also makes similar motherboards
for Intel processors.

Check it out!

Jon Forrest
Research Computing Support
College of Chemistry
173 Tan Hall
University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
jlforrest at berkeley.edu

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