[AG-TECH] System options

Jason Bell j.bell at cqu.edu.au
Tue Jan 31 17:05:59 CST 2006

G'day Jeremy

I too use the IVC-200 4 Port Capture Card using Fedora Core 4 and find
it to be very good.

In regards to racked mounted computers, as another idea to consider, we
actually built our own shelves for our racks to house standard

See http://hpc.cqu.edu.au/images/ag11.jpg for a photo and
for more information in general about portable AG nodes.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov] On
Behalf Of Christoph Willing
Sent: Wednesday, 1 February 2006 8:48 AM
To: jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Cc: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] System options

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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