[Beowulf] Build Recommendations - Private Cluster

Richard Edwards ejb at fastmail.fm
Tue Aug 20 22:47:29 PDT 2019

Hi Dmitri

Thanks for the response.

Yes old hardware but as I said it is for a personal cluster. I have also put M2070’s in one of the 1070 chases as they are basically 4 slot PCI expansions. I have various other M2050/M2070/M2090/K20x cards around so depending on time I can certainly get more bang than the C1060’s that are in there now. I am prepared to live with the pain of older drivers, potentially having to use older linux distributions and not being able to support much beyond CUDA 2.0...

Yes I could go out and purchase probably a couple of newer cards and get the same performance or better but this is more about the exercise and the learning.

So maybe the hardware list was a distraction. What are people using as the predominant distro and management tools? 



> On 21 Aug 2019, at 3:08 pm, Dmitri Chubarov <dmitri.chubarov at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> this is a very old hardware and you would have to stay with a very outdated software stack as 1070 cards are not supported by the recent versions of NVIDIA Drivers and old versions of NVIDIA drivers do not play well with modern kernels and modern system libraries.Unless you are doing this for digital preservation, consider dropping 1070s out of the equation.
> Dmitri
> On Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 06:46, Richard Edwards <ejb at fastmail.fm <mailto:ejb at fastmail.fm>> wrote:
> Hi Folks
> So about to build a new personal GPU enabled cluster and am looking for peoples thoughts on distribution and management tools.
> Hardware that I have available for the build
> - HP Proliant DL380/360 - mix of G5/G6
> - HP Proliant SL6500 with 8 GPU
> - HP Proliant DL580 - G7 + 2x K20x GPU
> -3x Nvidia Tesla 1070 (4 GPU per unit)
> Appreciate people insights/thoughts
> Regards
> Richard
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