Re: Quad AMD opteron system and Linux
From: SIOL (brankob_at_avtomatika.com)
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 19:28:03 +0200
"Pankajkumar Chauhan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> These are valid concerns.
> Here's the reasoning of my group in brief
> for getting a single box.
> - We need large amount of memory, even on a single dual opteron
> machine, we'll need about the same amount of memory, to accomodate our
> processes. Most of the system cost comes from memory.
But you have said that you would use 4-way machine with 8 Gb RAM. Given that
Opteron uses local RAM, that means 2 Gb per CPU.
It's true that Opterons can do memory synchronisation through HT, but heavy
use of that feature would probably kill much of the CPU speed...
> - There's a fixed support cost per box (power, b/w, maintenance, software
> install) that the department facilities charges. With 10
> boxes, the support cost would be 10 times higher. On average, it is
> about $80 a month per box.
O.K. I see that it wouldn't be optimal for your case. But for a power user
in small company it could be the best deal around.
Four dual CPU Opterons or even eight heavily overclocked A64 could be an
Not quite real SMP, but lightyears ahead of networked computing...
What I'm asking is, is it possible to do something like that and how ?