HPC Cluster Blog – Cluster Interconnects
posted on February 20, 2014

Cluster interconnects: the three basic configurations While processor speed, memory amount and number of nodes in your cluster are important, another serious consideration for overall cluster performance is the interconnect. The term “interconnect” refers to the cabling and switches used by the nodes to communicate with each other. While necessary for every cluster, it becomes […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Oversubscribing Your Network?
posted on February 6, 2014

To oversubscribe your IB network or not: When deploying an high performance computing cluster with more than 36 nodes that has an InfiniBand network, one of the most important considerations (beyond the bandwidth – QDR vs. FDR) is whether to oversubscribe or not. There are valid reasons for both approaches. Our first option is a […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Heat Density the Challenges of Compact Compute Nodes
posted on January 30, 2014

Heat density: The Challenges of Compact Compute Nodes With the popularity of physically smaller compute nodes like Advanced Clustering’s own Pinnacle Flex system, comes the issue of heat density. While the size of nodes is shrinking, the power draw of these systems is staying about the same, or going up with the addition of accelerators […]

HPC Cluster Blog – Powering Your Cluster
posted on January 24, 2014

Powering Your Cluster One item our customers often overlook when exploring the idea of a cluster purchase is their power requirements. Yet this is one of the most important elements of a cluster purchase, since it can affect cost, rack space and even the physical environment in which the cluster will be housed. For starters, […]

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