[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware innovations

Peter Bowmar pbowmar at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 17:25:49 EST 2005


Hi Paul,
     Were those home-brew or commercially aquired boxes? I'm
especially interested in quiet and of course, fast is always good too
:) Do you know what wattage power supply the mobo needs?

Cheers,

Peter B

On 15/12/05, Paul Simpson <paul at realisestudio.com> wrote:
> Well, we've just got a couple of great new machines.  Dual processor,
> dual core opterons with 4G of RAM.  Superfast and so far, the most
> stable (and quiet!)  machines I've had for some time.  Running opensuse
> 10.  And when rendering you get to see geekily satisfying things like this:
>
> top - 19:11:45 up 9 days, 22:14, 17 users,  load average: 0.72, 1.87, 1.75
> Tasks: 258 total,   9 running, 249 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
> Cpu0  : 98.4% us,  1.6% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
> Cpu1  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
> Cpu2  : 99.2% us,  0.8% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
> Cpu3  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
> Mem:   4036776k total,  3442132k used,   594644k free,   229168k buffers
> Swap:  1124508k total,   679412k used,   445096k free,  1028868k cached
>
> Looked into the quad machines, but you pay a real premium for those 8x
> opterons.  Dual proc/core was the most cost effective way to go for us.
> I agree with Pete, don't spend too much on the video card.  Running a
> 6600GT here and thats just fine.
>
> -Paul
>
>
>
> Jed Schwartz wrote:
> > I've never been very good at keeping up with the latest hardware
> > innovations-- As we consider our year-end hardware upgrades- I'd like
> > to hear what anyone might like to share regarding the best desktop
> > configurations for running houdini-
> >
> > I'm finding with the latest houdini builds (especially running
> > elaborate DOPs simulations-etc) I'm spending more and more time
> > waiting for things to cook- What is the best overall recipe for a
> > high- performance "houdini" system. Are the duel core processors a
> > huge advantage to sys performance beyond render-?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Jed-
> >
> >
> >
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