[Bioclusters] SGI Altix benchmarking whitepaper

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Tue Feb 7 12:41:36 EST 2006

On 7 Feb 2006, at 4:10 pm, J.W. Bizzaro wrote:

> Farul Mohd. Ghazali wrote:
>> I haven't looked recently but the Tyan VX50 based 16-core Opterons  
>> cost less
>> than that (maybe $50k?)
> 8 Way AMD Opteron™ 880 - Dual Core 2.4GHz CPU (940-E)
> £ 19,700.00 (about $34k US)
> http://www.armari.com/system.asp?SysID=336

That system does only have 4GB of RAM, which is a bit paltry compared  
to what the 16-way Altix will have, to be fair.  But nevertheless,  
that's a competitive box.  Once you configure 2GB of memory per core  
(which is our usual choice), a decent SCSI disk controller or a FC  
HBA, it becomes quite a bit more expensive at around £30k, but that's  
still a pretty good price.

Of course what it's missing compared to the Altix or the (much more  
pricey) HP servers is any form of lights-out management, as far as I  
can tell, which makes it pretty much a non-starter.  Some of the  
other servers they offer seem to, though (IPMI, anyway, if not remote  


Dr Tim Cutts
Informatics Systems Group, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
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