[conspire] gigabit for linux?
macke at scripps.edu
Thu Feb 13 12:39:45 PST 2003
I want to make an upgrad to my little home Linux cluster that is
1. a little too ambitious for someone with my level of Linux
2. a bit involved to expect to do at an install fest.
Here's the scoop:
I have 4 CPU cluster 2 750MHz laptops, 1 750Mhz tower and one 2.26GHz
tower on one of those 8 port 10/100 Base/T cable/router/switches.
The 2.26GHz has a 120GB disk nfs mounted to the to the other 3 and does
double duty for MPI jobs as both boss (node-0) and a worker.
I use this "cluster" (pushing it I know) to develop codes that are used to
search Genbank for RNA 2d structures. Genbank is big (90GB and growing)
and while none of the 3 750Mhz nodes can consume data at 100Mbps speed,
the 3 of them taken together can consume data faster than the 100Mbps the
nfs server can send to the switch.
So, what I want to do is:
1. Get a new 2+GHz box and install in my n/w (No problem here)
2. Convert that 750MHz tower box to a gigabit server. The plan would
be to move that 120GB drive from the 2.26GHz box (will still have an
80GB) and add another such driver so that there were 2*120GB on hda and
hdc. Plus add a gigabit card, etc, etc. And this is what I know I'm
not ready to do by myself.
Any suggestions? My consulting budget is not large, buts its not zero
either, especially if I could help and thus learn a bit more of this
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