[AG-TECH]Question about motherboard models

Christoph Willing willing at itee.uq.edu.au
Thu Oct 20 17:57:06 CDT 2005

On 21/10/2005, at 7:52 AM, John Langkals wrote:

> Hello AG-Tech,
> What motherboard model drives your single node Access Grid?  What  
> capture card, video, and audio cards you have found to be good  
> performers?
> I have received reports from the OSC a board from Tyan Model: S2895  
> Thunder K8WE has great promise:
> http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp? 
> ProductCode=241864&affiliate=yahoo


I've been drooling over the prospect of having that mobo for a while  
now, but haven't been in a position to build a system based on it.  
Its seems to have everything needed:
     - dual PCI-Express video slots, each with dual output cards,  
should give 4 projector/console outputs - _all_ at high video bandwidth
     - built in audio
     - gigabit networking
     - dual CPU
     - 1x 32bit PCI slot for a 4-input capture card (IVC200 at http:// 
and/or better still:
     - PCI-X slots for a 64bit 4-input capture card (LFG4 at http:// 

Although it can be run with a 64 bit OS, remember that OpenOffice  
(which we use for SharedPresentation on Linux based nodes) isn't  
available for 64bit systems yet, so your AG capabilities may be  
limited. For now, install a 32bit OS (I think the Opteron CPU's can  
do either 32 or 64 bit).


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

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