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

Adam Taylor accessgrid at ulm.edu
Mon Sep 27 13:13:40 CDT 2004

Hi all.  

We are using a QUAD(PCI) Quatro4 450(nvidia) from PNY as our Display
card(under XP but have heard that it also works under linux).  IT has 64 Mb
DDR ram (16Mb X 4 screens).   I have also seen this somewhere at 128 Mb.  I
didn't have much of a benchmark to use on it but I did install Microsoft
flight simulator 2004 and cranked everything up as high as it would go and
got about 12-14 FPS.  I thought that was good for having the whole thing
running on three of the four heads via good old PCI.

BTW, large scale display + flight simulator = WOW :-)

As far as the computer goes, a dual as high as you can get with 2Gb of ram
or higher(the more the better) should be fine for any single computer
application.  And as far as capture cards, we use pinnacle PCTV-PRO cards.
The cards are PCI but also work in PCI-X slots too(winTV's don't....atleast
the ones that we have).  

Just putting in my 2 cents

Adam Taylor
Computing Center
University of Louisiana at Monroe


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov] On Behalf
Of Jeremy Mann
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 10:38 AM
To: John Hodrien; ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Best single machine *Linux* hardware setup

John, our AG node has always been Linux based and we are extremely
pleased with the performance. Its a dual Xeon 3.2 gHz with 2 gigs RAM.
Motherboard is a Tyan S2668 with onboard gigabit ethernet and
soundcard. The soundcard works great with the ALSA drivers. Video is a
G200 MMS quad output. Video capture consists of 3 Hauppage WinTV
capture cards. Distribution is Slackware 10.

Even with a large AG conference consisting of 50-60 streams, the
system load is 88% idle.

On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 14:59:37 +0100 (BST), John Hodrien
<johnh at comp.leeds.ac.uk> wrote:
> I've seen discussion of the best hardware to have for a single machine AG
> setup, but what is anyone having joy with as a Linux based single node
> Ideally I'd like a setup that could be used with AG1 or 2, under Linux or
> Windows, but it really *must* work under Linux.
> jh
> --
> "Women need a reason to have sex.  Men just need a place."
>                                                       -- Billy Crystal


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