Good Platform For Cluster Pc's?
Posted 23 November 2005 - 11:16 PM
-Excerpt from the Preamble of the Enigma Code.
Posted 24 November 2005 - 09:04 PM
Here is what I was I had as a diskless node's hardware(Prices as of 2 months ago, newegg.com)
Athlon XP 2600+ 79.99
Asus A7V600-X 58.00
Zonet Zen3300E 10/100/1000 12.50
Wintec Ampo DDR400 512mb 39.99
Spire 5F271B1L3 9.99
I think that diskless nodes might be your cheapest option, and there may be a new deal on newegg for a better proccessor, I haven't checked lately.
Hope this helps,
Posted 25 November 2005 - 02:06 AM
Basically the project falls within the ideal specs for a 'compute node' farm where each PC has limited-to-zero storage, memory, graphics, etc but as fast a CPU as is cost-effective. This is exactly what Google did when they were serving millions of searches per day on a near zero budget as a Stanford grad project way back in the day. Of course they threw the Google File System into the mix, but therein lies the genius.
I like baelnorn's specs overall. In general, weigh the cost of the entire system against the performance of the CPU. Get yesterday's RAM, the lowest-cost mobo you can find from a reputable manufacturer, onboard everything, and the fast proc that mobo will support.
It will also work well as a render farm if you're into video processing.
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