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Damascus is the working name for the Earlham Computer Science Department's upcoming cluster computer.
 
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At the moment Damascus exists only as a $40,000 grant and a growing list of tentative specifications:
 
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== Latest Overarching Questions ==
 
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*Should we build this machine ourselves?
 
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*#Are we wasting our money and learning opportunity letting them do the building for us?
 
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*#If it is cheaper, Would it be a useful experience for the students this coming semester to take a large collection of hardware and make it into a cluster?
 
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*How much if any GPGPU hardware do we want?  0, 1 or 2 nodes worth?
 
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*Do we want a high bandwidth/low latency network?
 
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**We do not. More expensive than it works
 
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*What software stack do we want to run?  Vendor supplied or the BCCD?
 
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**Both. Vendor-supplied base with a BCCD virtual machine
 
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* Do compute nodes have spinning disk?
 
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** Compute nodes have a spinning disk
 
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* What's on the local persistent store?  /tmp? An entire OS?
 
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== Tentative Specifications ==
 
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=== Budget ===
 
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* $35,000 (leaving $5,000 for discretionary spending)
 
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=== Nodes ===
 
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* Intel Nehalem processors
 
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* 4 core processors minimum
 
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** Six cores still expensive
 
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* 1.5GB RAM per core
 
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=== Specialty Nodes ===
 
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* Two nodes should support CUDA GPGPU
 
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Educationally, we could expect to get significant use out of GPGPUs, but the production use is limited.
 
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Increasing the variance of the architecture landscape would be a bonus to education.
 
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=== Network ===
 
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* Gigabit Ethernet fabric with switch
 
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=== Disk ===
 
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* Spinning Disk
 
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=== OS ===
 
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* Virtual BCCD on top of built-in OS.
 
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== ION Computer Systems Quotation #61116  ==
 
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*2  ION G10 Server with GPU: 4,972.00 each
 
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** (2) Intel® Quad-Core Xeon® processor E5530 (2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 5.86GT/s, 80W)
 
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** 12GB RAM [Bank 1 of 2: (6) 2GB ECC PC3-10600 1333MHz 2rank DDR3 RDIMM Modules][Smart]
 
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** Total memory: 12GB DDR3_1333
 
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** Configure 1 RAID sets / arrays.
 
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** Seagate SV35.3 250GB, 7200RPM, SATA 3Gb for SDVR 3.5“ Disk
 
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** (1) NVidia Tesla C1060 w. 4GB DDR3
 
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** Dual Intel Gigabit Server NICs with IOAT2 Integrated
 
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*7 ION G10 Server without GPU: $3,697.00 each
 
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** (2) Intel® Quad-Core Xeon® processor E5530 (2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 5.86GT/s, 80W)
 
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** 12GB RAM [Bank 1 of 2: (6) 2GB ECC PC3-10600 1333MHz 2rank DDR3 RDIMM Modules][Smart]
 
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** Total memory: 12GB DDR3_1333
 
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** Configure 1 RAID sets / arrays.
 
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** Seagate SV35.3 250GB, 7200RPM, SATA 3Gb for SDVR 3.5“ Disk
 
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** Dual Intel Gigabit Server NICs with IOAT2 Integrated
 
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* Networking Fabric
 
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**Network not included
 
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* Other stuff
 
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** scorpion: ION bootable USB Flash device for trouble shooting.
 
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** 3 year Next Business Day response Onsite Repair Service by Source Support
 
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** Default load for testing (Service Partition + CentOS 5.3 for Intel64)
 
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* Price tag: $33,173.20
 
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== ION Computer Systems Quotation #61164  ==
 
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* 2 ION G10 Server with GPU: $4,972.00 each
 
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** (2) Intel® Quad-Core Xeon® processor E5530 (2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 5.86GT/s, 80W)
 
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** 12GB RAM [Bank 1 of 2: (6) 2GB ECC PC3-10600 1333MHz 2rank DDR3 RDIMM Modules][Smart]
 
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** Total memory: 12GB DDR3_1333
 
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** Configure 1 RAID sets / arrays.
 
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** Seagate SV35.3 250GB, 7200RPM, SATA 3Gb for SDVR 3.5“ Disk
 
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** (1) NVidia Tesla C1060 w. 4GB DDR3
 
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** Dual Intel Gigabit Server NICs with IOAT2 Integrated
 
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* 4 ION T11 DualNode: $6,477.0 each
 
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** (2x2) Intel® Quad-Core Xeon® processor E5530 (2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 5.86GT/s, 80W)
 
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** Total memory: 12GB DDR3_1333 per node
 
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** No RAID, Separate disks (NO redundancy)
 
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** Configure 1 RAID sets / arrays.
 
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** Seagate Constellation 160GB, 7200RPM, SATA 3Gb NCQ 2.5“ Disk
 
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** Dual Intel Gigabit Server NICs with IOAT2 Integrated
 
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** These nodes are modular. One can be unplugged and worked on while the others remain running.
 
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* Network
 
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** Network Not Included
 
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* Other stuff
 
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** scorpion: ION bootable USB Flash device for trouble shooting.
 
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** 3 year Next Business Day response Onsite Repair Service by Source Support
 
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** Default load for testing (Service Partition + CentOS 5.3 for Intel64)
 
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*Price Tag: $33,054.30
 
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==Silicon Mechanics Quote #174536==
 
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* 2x Rackform iServ R4410:  $11043.00 each ($10601.00 each with education) [http://www.siliconmechanics.com/quotes/174536?confirmation=879366549 link]
 
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**Shared Chassis: The following chassis resources are shared by all 4 compute nodes
 
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**External Optical Drive: No Item Selected
 
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**Power Supply: Shared, Redundant 1400W Power Supply with PMBus - 80 PLUS Gold Certified
 
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**Rail Kit: Quick-Release Rail Kit for Square Holes, 26.5 - 36.4 inches
 
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**Compute Nodes x4
 
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***CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon E5530 Quad-Core 2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 5.86GT/s QPI
 
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***RAM: 12GB (6 x 2GB) Operating at 1333MHz Max (DDR3-1333 ECC Unbuffered DIMMs)
 
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***NIC: Intel 82576 Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller - Integrated
 
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***Management: Integrated IPMI with KVM over LAN
 
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***Hot-Swap Drive - 1: 250GB Western Digital RE3 (3.0Gb/s, 7.2Krpm, 16MB Cache) SATA
 
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* 2x Rackform iServ R350-GPU: $5196.00 each ($4433.00 each with education) [http://www.siliconmechanics.com/quotes/174542?confirmation=712641984 link]
 
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**CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon E5530 Quad-Core 2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 5.86GT/s QPI
 
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**RAM: 12GB (6 x 2GB) Operating at 1333MHz Max (DDR3-1333 ECC Unbuffered DIMMs)
 
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**NIC: Intel 82576 Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller - Integrated
 
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**Management: Integrated IPMI 2.0 & KVM with Dedicated LAN
 
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**GPU: 1U System with 1 x Tesla C1060 GPU, Actively Cooled
 
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**LP PCIe x4 2.0 (x16 Slot): No Item Selected
 
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**Hot-Swap Drive - 1: 250GB Seagate Barracuda ES.2 (3Gb/s, 7.2Krpm, 32MB Cache, NCQ) SATA
 
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**Power Supply: 1400W Power Supply with PMBus - 80 PLUS Gold Certified
 
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**Rail Kit: 1U Rail Kit
 
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*Price Tag: $32,478 ($30,078 with education)
 
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*Questions
 
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**Can we lose the hot-swappability to save money?
 
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**Do we need to get a Gig-Switch?
 
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***Would Cairo do?
 

Revision as of 18:26, 16 December 2009

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