[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware innovations

Jed Schwartz jed at jedschwartz.com
Fri Dec 16 12:08:31 EST 2005


So is the graphics card in this package overkill-?

Dual Opteron Model 252
2GB DDR400 ECC (2 DIMMS)
1GB DDR400 ECC (2 DIMMS)
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB G−DDR3
74GB 10,000rpm Serial ATA 8MB Cache Drive
250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA 8MB Cache Drive



On Dec 15, 2005, at 2:29 PM, Paul Simpson 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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