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

Christoph Willing willing at itee.uq.edu.au
Mon Sep 27 17:45:55 CDT 2004

On 28/09/2004, at 1:38 AM, Jeremy Mann wrote:

> 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.

We've helped build single machine nodes with a similar configuration at 
several institutions now and, as Jeremy says, its hard to put them 
under any stress at all.

Some configuration differences are:
-  they use a single 4-input PCI capture card - 
-  they generally use a dual output AGP bus NVidia Quadro together with 
2 PCI bus NVidia cards (420MX or 5200)

Previous systems have run both AG1 and early AG2 installations on the 
same machine, although that can be a bit messy and AG2.3 is stable 
enough now that you could (should) ditch AG1. The AG1 installation was 
based on
and AG2.3 for Slackware 10 is available from 


Christoph Willing                        Ph: +61 7 3365 8350
QPSF Access Grid Manager
University of Queensland

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