As a couple other people alluded to, what you should get depends on what
you really want to do. I have an Intel SC450NX quad Xeon (2 infact,
4x450MHz 1MB cache, 2.5GB ram, up to 700MHz/4GB) and it really flies in
multitasking work. Best yet, these boxes are getting really cheap
nowadays. I'm not real familar with Mentor, but if your doing
auto-circuit routing on large boards AND Mentor is muti-threaded, the
SC450NX (or a SPKA4) would be ideal. The tight integration and high
inter-process communication will beat out a 1+GHz cluster of separate
boxes almost every time. On the other hand, if Mentor is not
multi-threaded, the quads won't really do you much good. A say, 1.5GHz
athlon would be a better option. If you've got a group of people who all
access this, then setup a cluster of athlons, running RedHat with MOSIX
kernel extensions and a single front end machine. That way, your users
can log into the front end machine and run their process, which will
transparently migrate to the most "available" athlons. It's automatic
load balancing thru the magic of MOSIX and yet looks like a single fast
machine to users.
> Hi all,
> I have no experience with multiprocessor linux boxes, but at work we
> want to set up a multiprocessor linux box to run IC Design Engineering
> Software like Mentor Graphic's circuit design tools. We are planning
> to run Red Hat 7.2 because that is what Mentor Graphic's will support.
> We want to get rack mounted systems, we want at least 2 to 4
> processors and a couple Gig of RAM. And we want to maximize our bang
> for the buck and reliability. Any and all recommendations are
> welcome, processor (Intel, Xeon or P3) (AMD Athalon), RAM type, MB,
> vendor, ... anything.
> Thanks in advance,
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