Sort of. It's a data processing box. Large data sets in excess of 100GB apiece. Some larger than 500GB. Some smaller ones too. It's made to be "the" processing box. I.e. we can run multiple jobs on it without slow downs.
So it needs not only the RAM and CPU's, but also fast disk access. As it stands right now, the arrays are close to pushing 1GB/s. Having some issues with write caching with Linux though (my thread in the OS forum).
Overall I'm pretty happy with the box, but I haven't fully stress tested it yet.
Last edited by James; 07-21-2010 at 09:15 AM.
Crusader for the 64-bit Era.
New Rule: 2GB per core, minimum.
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Anyway you can run Cinema 4D on that beast? I saw it run on an eight socket Nehalem-EX system, I've never seen it run on a four socket.
Gotta love Supermicro. I was pretty disappointed with their range of Boxboro-EX systems. They're all four-sockets with only four DIMMs per socket. They need to offer some two and four socket fat memory systems (256GB and 512GB) and maybe an eight socket system too. I suppose you can do 512GB with their systems, but it requires that you use hyper-expensive 16GB DIMMs. Even in a system that expensive, I'm guessing most people would much rather use the much less expensive and more available 8GB DIMMs.
Maybe they will, they just brought out SBB and new Itanium systems, so maybe they're just the first rollout.
What RAID level are you running on the 1TB drives? Are they broken down into multiple arrays?
EDIT. I really like the idea of placing the DIMM slots on separate cards. I'm guessing this allows you to jam more slots in less board space. Apple needs to return to this with it's Mac Pro, four DIMM slots per CPU just isn't enough in a burly two socket workstation.
Last edited by Nater; 07-29-2010 at 09:17 PM.
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For those that haven't used RAID 6:
"RAID 6 extends RAID 5 by adding an additional parity block; thus it uses block-level striping with two parity blocks distributed across all member disks.
RAID 6 does not have a performance penalty for read operations, but it does have a performance penalty on write operations because of the overhead associated with parity calculations.
The definition of RAID 6 is: "Any form of RAID that can continue to execute read and write requests to all of a RAID array's virtual disks in the presence of any two concurrent disk failures." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels