AVADirect Now Offering 2U Server Systems with Quad GPU Support

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tiagom

Microway has had 2U server with 4 GPU's for quiet some time.

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Vecna6667

I see this getting the most use out of Virtual Servers more than anything else other than something like a folding@home server. Have about who knows how many different servers running on one machine and save energy and space.

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jgottberg

...'is supposedly something the industry has never seen'

Because I don't think the industry ever asked for a server with 4 GPU's... I know that GPU processing has gained considerable attention for the calculations they can perform but no self-respecting IT administrator is taking a quote from AVADirect to his superiors and recommending this server over established brands like HP, Dell, Sun, etc...

The server market is much more than just lots of hardware. it's 24x7 support; 4 hour turn around on failed parts; and a reassurance the company is going to be around long enough to fulfill warranty claims.

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Hey.That_Dude

"and a reassurance the company is going to be around long enough to fulfill warranty claims." IF that were the case, then why did you name Sun? Sun was bought out by Oracle a long time ago. Oracle was nice enough to continue support for Sun products, not that it was required.

ANYWAYS. GPU compute is kind of nice right until Parallellia kicks off. Really looking forward to see if its got any bite.

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jgottberg

You answered your own question as to why I mentioned Sun. In your words, "Oracle was nice enough to continue support for Sun products," - guess thats why they were mentioned?

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Hey.That_Dude

Which still doesn't account for the company surviving long enough to support their products. The other point I made was that Oracle was NOT required to continue Sun's services but that it was considered a good and profitable business action.

Now to just poke more holes in your complaint about support. If you go to the website there is the option to order versions of Windows and Unix (Red Hat) with support for a period of time. If you wanna talk about driver support, then Asus has been producing for over 2 decades. I think they'll do fine. (Hint: They've been doing it longer than Dell by about 4 years)

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jgottberg

Ummm, I don't recall mentioning anything about Linux support. If you actually worked in the field, you would know what I was talking about. But feel free to go browsing websites for products you don't understand. I'll wait :)

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Hey.That_Dude

1) Who said anything about Linux? Linux != Unix, close but not quite.
2) I do know that you are referencing continued Hardware support such at the continued support and creation of the non-standardized redundant PSU's along with support for all the hardware implementations that were fabricated by Asus (mobo). As well as support for the drivers to access all the components that were placed on the mobo (which I've already stated).
3) Anything past what i just said in number 2 falls under software which is individually done by the provider of your OS. I.E. Why would I contact Asus about Windows when I can contact Microsoft about Windows.
4) Please don't act like you understand half of what you read because you're just lying to yourself. And if you think you're so smart, answer me how this: How would you implement a 1 Gb Ethernet controller? Answer this on the transistor, driver, and OS level (for Unix, Linux, OSX, and Windows). If you can do this then you truly understand what you're reading when you browse an Intel gigabit chip web site. Now do that for every piece of silicon ever made and the web sites which display them. You can't. At some point you're knowledge stops. Which is fine. I might not know exactly what you mean with your vague references to server support, but I don't need to know that to prove that your arguments don't make sense.

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jgottberg

Kids these days...

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Hey.That_Dude

Bet you my $100 you can't guess my age.
That is the worst argument/retort I've ever had the displeasure of hearing. There are 14 year old children that could kick my butt in social studies.
Stop being a curmudgeonly old ass.

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jgottberg

lol, just giving you a hard time. I've seen you post on this site before and for the most part, I have never taken issue with any of your posts.

The point I was making is that I don't think this would ever be a mainstream seller. I mentioned on another post that I have been working in IT for awhile and something like this would never get purchased over a big box manufacturer, like the ones mentioned. If the application for these servers required the compute of 4 GPU's and dual Procs, there is not an IT manager in the world that is going to stake his reputation on a 2nd tier manufacturer. Doesn't mean this server isn't good hardware it's just I don't know many people willing to spend 5K on 2nd tier servers for something that would obviously be used for something mission critical.

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Hey.That_Dude

From a large business perspective I will totally agree with you. If I had a large business, I'd dropped 5k only for IBM or Oracle. But from a smaller business to medium business perspective, I might actually give this a try. It's got great expandability, and I'm more likely to be able to find an on-site IT person that can even guess how to fix it.
Plus, we all know that the bigger you are, the more (and faster) the major companies will help you.

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jgottberg

Expandability it has in spades, for sure. Don't get me wrong, if I had 5 g's burning a hole in my pocket, I'd throw down on one just to see how it could play some games with 4 GPUS :)

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