AMBER Archive (2009)
Subject: Re: [AMBER] XServe cluster
From: Jim Paugh (jpaugh_at_advancedclustering.com)
Date: Thu Oct 22 2009 - 16:10:49 CDT
On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM, Abdul Rehman Gani
> Jim Paugh wrote:
>> Hi Abul,
> Hi Jim,
> Do you recommend any particular Infiniband kit that you know will work with
Provided the XServe you have has available PCIe slots, then just about
anybody's IB cards will work. You might try finding a local distributor for
Mellanox cards, and I'm sure they can verify this. In addition, the switch
I was referring to is manufactured by Flextronics.
>> InfiniBand has really come down in price, and you can actually get a
>> DDR (20Gb/s) switch for less than 8-port QLogic 8Gb/s switch. In
>> the cards themselves will be less expensive as well. If it's at all
>> possible, I'd recommend going with InfiniBand. If you have any questions,
>> please let me know.
>> On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 2:14 PM, Abdul Rehman Gani
>>> I have been tasked with building a 4 or 8 node Xserve cluster for use
>>> Amber and Gaussian. The Xserve's are quad core Intel servers. My concern
>>> the interconnect between the servers.
>>> Would a QLogic Fibre Channel switch running at 4.25GB/s be suitable for a
>>> cluster this size?
>>> Infiniband is probably going to be too expensive. Are there any other
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