[CentOS] Motherboards for HPC applications

Eduardo Grosclaude eduardo.grosclaude at gmail.com
Mon Mar 8 17:49:35 UTC 2010

On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM, Gordon McLellan <gordonthree at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Eduardo Grosclaude
> <eduardo.grosclaude at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Can somebody recommend CentOS-OK, dual socket motherboards for compute
>> elements? A quick look up at Intel pages suggests they are thinking of
>> them as "server boards", but then they recommend them as "for SMB",
>> I'm somewhat puzzled about it.
>> It would be nice to know what MBs you are using, pros and cons.
>> Thank you in advance
> Hello!
> We need more details... what's your budget, what processor are you looking at?

I'm targeting E5520. I'll buy in Argentina, with a high stack of all
sort of costs threw upon the product, so budget may not mean much to

> SMB just means Small / Medium Business ... as opposed to a huge
> enterprise server that might have four or eight sockets...

Yes, my point is, judging from Intel's own recommended applications,
there seems to be no HPC market for servers... So I'm looking for
hints as to which is the proper process for selecting an HPC MB...

> Name a vendor, I've probably had some sort of trouble with them... of
> the "Big Names", Intel is probably the least troublesome.  I just
> returned a bad Tyan board, and late last year returned two Supermicro
> servers that were shipped with out of date hardware (not supporting
> 5400 series CPU).  I have an Asus board that runs Linux and
> Opensolaris just fine, but will not allow any version of Windows to
> install.
> I hope this is some help to you.

Thank you very much for your responses, Gordon and Robert

Eduardo Grosclaude
Universidad Nacional del Comahue
Neuquen, Argentina

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