[rc5] SMP hardware sources? (Marginally off-topic?)
jknowles at pc034083.code3.com
Thu Aug 21 15:53:37 EDT 1997
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This is related to the effort as it'll put a couple more faster processors
out there on the project part-time, and I know there are a lot of people out
there with experience with this, so I'll post this question at the risk of
going a little off-topic.
I've got a machine to upgrade. It's not a server, but a graphics cruncher.
(It doesn't do much more than gum the scenes compared to my brother's 500MHz
Alpha. *sigh*) I'd like to take some of the load off of that machine while
still doing design and such. Thus I've been thinking about simply replacing
the motherboard with a multi-processor PPro motherboard.
I'm curious to know from the people who are running Intel SMP machines a few
1) What you know of reputable sources for SMP motherboards. I can find dual
PPro boards, but I'm having difficulty finding sources for quad PPro boards.
I'd like to know what the cost differences are. If not huge (other than
buying the processors of course), I'll like spring for this.
2) Is it stupid to think that I could get a quad-processor board, only put
two in now and add two more in a couple of months? Or just wait?
3) Are there companies that sell whole SMP machines that AREN'T servers? I'm
not interested in a machine that it needs to be robust with hot-swappable
drives and fast-wide SCSI-3 and the like. We have a high-performance machine
already. I need a number cruncher.
4) Any caveats that you've found?
Thanks for your leniency!
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