thinking inside the box
Fri, 31 Jan 2003 14:12:32 +0100 (CET)
On Thu, 30 Jan 2003, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
> Nah. There's a cool board from VIA
> that has everything you need, and no fan (solid state power supply should be
> fine too... I hear 60W is good enough). It has firewire, which is a pretty
> good interconnect... so you stack 'em up, connect them together, and you have
IEEE 1394 is a lousy interconnect for clustering (though Oracle has
released their clustering libs and there's TCP/IP over IEEE 1394)
latency-wise. Stick with Fast Ethernet.
> a cheap cluster. They run Linux just fine.
VIA processors have a lousy numerics performance. If you only do memory
and disk bound stuff you'll be fine, though.
> Has a few interesting bits.