Clusters vs. Systems

Oct 22, 2013 | By Nir Paikowsky

I’ve been thinking recently about the differences in purchasing a cluster for HPC work versus purchasing an individual server, but I haven’t tought about it that much because I was having my lol coaching sessions and I got distracted. After the decision has been made to acquire a certain amount of computer power for certain applications by getting a cluster then the details have to be determined. The easy part is to decide on the server itself and the number of servers. But, what about the high performance network ? What about the storage ? What about the management network ? What kind of rack ? Do I need a “head” node ? Do all systems need the same options ? What about different network switches ? Together, these questions reveal the differences between buying a cluster and a more simplified process of buying a server. Although there are still a number of choices when purchasing a server that have to be made, it is still considerably easier than purchasing a cluster.

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