[AG-TECH] System options

Christoph Willing willing at itee.uq.edu.au
Tue Jan 31 16:47:51 CST 2006

On 01/02/2006, at 8:15 AM, Jeremy Mann wrote:

> I have been tasked to build a new portable AG node for another  
> University.
> I want to do it right this time and rackmount everthing that I can  
> in a
> 12U rack with wheels. I've done some initial searching for 3U and 4U
> machines from Dell and Monarch and they consider 3U or 4U a  
> "server" and
> ramp up the price considerably. Also, the motherboards in these  
> machines
> maybe have 2 PCI slots. For future expansion we need at last 4 capture
> cards. Would a 4 port capture card work with Linux?


We have mostly Linux AG nodes in Australia and a large number (maybe  
the majority now) use the IVC200 4x input card:

> Are there any other sites with racked AG nodes? From whom did you  
> buy your
> computer from?

For the same reasons you mention above, we tend to have ours made to  
order by local builders. We've had good success with Tyan  
motherboards - the Tyan S2895 looks like it would be great for an AG  
node (add 2x dualhead PCI-Extreme graphics cards = accelerated  
graphics on all 4 outputs).


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

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