What are you using for networking and disk for these. I am very tempted to buy a couple and have 4 cheap dual cpu nodes.I have 7 of these dual node windmill systems running. They are great for CPU intensive jobs. I was wondering how the connection pieces being worked on turned out. I thought that stacking these nodes on their sides could be an interesting way to build a bigger multimode enclosure that still was standard rack sized but 4-5U tall. It might need different power supplies and connectors but could be interesting.
I am using the built in 1Gb ethernet for now. I just ordered a Quanta LB8 10Gbe switch to test. HD are Seagate Barracuda 750GB drives left over from a decomissioned san. My needs for these are CPU crunching. We use them for 3D animation rendering for architecture. Once the project loads into ram network and drive speed do not matter much.What are you using for networking and disk for these. I am very tempted to buy a couple and have 4 cheap dual cpu nodes.
My understanding isn't so much that it's a problem with the BIOS, it's more of a problem that there isn't physically room. The air shroud comes almost right up to the back of the PCIE slot. Modern consumer level cards extend well back from the slot and would interfere. Even if you were to remove the shroud, the RAM isn't much beyond that. I don't believe you're gonna be able to fit a long card onto this board at all@grfxlab, thanks for the info. I asked as I was hoping to find someone who'd managed to get a modern GPU to work in a Windmill system. As I understand it the system firmware is somewhat perplexed by newer GPUs which is unfortunate as I hoping I could use a 980, 1080, or similar card for some home ML experimentation. If I ever get around to building myself a little cluster I may skip the Windmill and instead go with the similarly priced Quanta 2ML.