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Today's HPC Clusters Resource Center

The Case For A Case

The case for a personal cluster case. Can HPC growth be enhanced with only a few pieces of bent metal?

People that know me have learned that I tend to fret over some really strange things. My multi-core angst has been well documented. Another worry comes from a hobby of mine — low cost clustering. This indulgence does not cause me much distress as I like optimizing and engineering small systems. There is, however, something I wish for when I toss and turn at night. In building small low cost clusters, my goal is to measure how much real performance one can you get out of $2500 worth of commodity computing parts. And, by real performance I mean running the Top500 HPL program. I know HPL sucks, but is does have that long historical archive which helps put the performance of my little clusters that could into perspective.

I have not built a new system recently (hint to all you component vendors that want HPC glory) but…

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