[Beowulf] Build Recommendations - Private Cluster

Dmitri Chubarov dmitri.chubarov at gmail.com
Tue Aug 20 23:06:07 PDT 2019

Hi Richard,

I am speaking from experience of keeping up a small cluster of 4 Supermicro
boxes with a total of 16 C2070 cards. We had to freeze NVIDIA Driver
updates as Fermi cards are not supported by the latest drivers as well.
This means you can use CUDA but not the latest versions of NVIDIA SDK.
Machine Learning applications are out since later version of TensorFlow
require later versions of NVIDIA Drivers and SDK. So this cluster runs some
computational chemistry codes that are less demanding in terms of CUDA
features. I can probably give you details of the software stack off the

What would be good to keep in the list thread is the information on the
type of applications that you intend to use the cluster for.

On Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 12:47, Richard Edwards <ejb at fastmail.fm> wrote:

> 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?
> cheers
> Richard
> 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 outdated software stack as 1070 cards are not supported by the recent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> 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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