[AG-TECH] Best single machine *Linux* hardware setup

Ivan R. Judson judson at mcs.anl.gov
Mon Sep 27 10:16:03 CDT 2004

Right, I was just pointing out a nice fast linux box. I think you want to
leave yourself "headroom" if you're buying only one box.

Bob's point on agp/pci is well taken, but you should consider if the card is
a 64bit/66MHz or what, the bandwidths are all well known at this point and
there *still* aren't many (if any) 4 headed AGP cards that are known to work
with linux...or windows...

http://www.just2good.co.uk/index.php?ITFrameSet.php?ioBusTypes.htm is a nice
summary of bus data, you can do the missing pieces yourself, a 64/66 bus
will be roughly equivalent to the AGP(2x) line in the table.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov 
> [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov] On Behalf Of John Hodrien
> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 10:06 AM
> To: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
> Subject: RE: [AG-TECH] Best single machine *Linux* hardware setup
> On Mon, 27 Sep 2004, Ivan R. Judson wrote:
> > I'd look at this years Linux Journal Ultimate Linux box, 
> here are the 
> > specs from www.pogolinux.com:
> >
> > Motherboard/chassis: Celestica A8440 (AMD-8131 Chipset)
> > Memory: 16x PC2700 2048MB ECC REG (32GB) Network 
> interfaces: BCM5704 
> > 10/100/1000 x 2
> > RAID: Adaptec ASR2200S
> > Storage: Seagate ST336607LC 36GB U320 SCSI HDD x 4
> > Video: Appian Rushmore Quad-DVI PCI
> > Audio: Creative Labs SB Audigy
> > Power Supply: 500W Hotswap x 3
> > Miscellaneous: PC Floppy drive, IDE DVD-ROM, USB
> >
> > I'm guessing this machine would run either windows or 
> linux, and being 
> > a quad processor AMD64 it's probably got plenty of cycles.
> Okay, that's one end of the scale.  If I can get the funding eh?
> What's suitable for video capture?  Assuming an AMD64 setup, 
> what would be the minimum you'd spec for processors?
> As far as an access grid setup, isn't this somewhat over 
> beefed.  The disks really don't matter a damn if you've got 
> 32G of RAM, and you'd never hit all that anyway.  Something 
> like 2G a more reasonable amount for the AG, such that you'll 
> never hit disk under normal operations?
> Is the Rushmore significantly nicer than the G200 MMS?  
> Anyone looking at using twin PCIe cards to get four nicely 3D 
> accelerated outputs?
> jh
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