[concurrency-interest] Hardware for testing
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Mon Jun 24 06:38:52 EDT 2013
I need to test parallel computations (mostly fork-join) and I am looking for
hardware to use for testing. I want many cores and mainstream architecture. It
should be affordable.
So far I came with those options:
- rent a server on AWS or similar. But virtualization could render tests
useless. Also long-term price is not so good.
- buy second-hand rack server. For example HP ProLiant with 4x6 core Opteron
is very cheap. Also old AMDs are probably best for testing since there is no
- build machine from parts (2x12 core Opteron, dual socket EATX motherboard).
This would be basically standard desktop, expandable with DDR3 memory modules
and PCIe cards.
- Parallella has 64 cores ARM CPU. But it may not run Java and probably has
strange architecture, so not rally an option for testing.
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