[Bioclusters] what motherboards are people using for dual Athlon boxes?

Joseph Landman bioclusters@bioinformatics.org
05 Mar 2003 18:53:47 -0500

There are several, though they lack some of the Tyan "features"


The gigabyte looks good.  I am building a test unit with it.

BTW:  on a single CPU machine, the Asus nForce2 gives a nice dual
channel to ram.  Without working at it, streams is reporting in the mid
1.1GB/s for triad.  BLAST is latency bound, but having lots of memory
bandwidth is great for the chemistry codes.  The MPX760 based chipsets
have hit 600-700 MB/s.  The KT266a have hit about 800-900 MB/s.  

Not exactly a server MB, but interesting in its own right.

On Wed, 2003-03-05 at 17:54, Chris Dagdigian wrote:
> Hi folks,
> Anyone using anything other than Tyan mainboards for dual-AMD cluster 
> systems? Anyone with happy/unhappy motherboard related issues with 
> AMD-based systems?
> I've got a client who is looking at a bunch of vendor proposals for 
> 2.8ghz dual-Xeon cluster systems and several for dual Athlon MP2600+ 
> systems. One vendor is even quoting MP2800+ cpus which do not seem to be 
> officially released yet in volume from AMD. heh.
> Personally I've never had problems with Tyan but the customer has had 
> Tyan-related mainboard issues in the past and in general seems to feel a 
> slight sense of unease in that 100% of the Athlon-based proposals so far 
> are using Tyan boards. They are wondering if there are any serious 
> non-Tyan mainboards available that are suitable for dual-AMD use in a 
> technical computing environment. I'm guessing choice is pretty limited.
> What are people here using? Any recommendations? Are the current 
> generation dual-AMD server boards from Tyan giving anyone problems?
> Booards that I've seen in some the proposals:
> Compute nodes: (Tyan S2722) & (Tyan S2466N-4M)
> Head nodes   : (Tyan S2469) & (Tyan S2466N-4M)
> Regards,
> Chris
Joseph Landman <landman@scalableinformatics.com>