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I am looking for a hardware, which must run about 256 computationally intensive real-time concurrent tasks in 24 hour mode. Each task takes about 40-50 MFLOPs, so all tasks require about 10 GFLOPs. CPU-RAM speed is insignificant. All tasks must be managed by a Linux Kernel (32 bit, with SMP).

I am looking for a one-mainboard solution with one multi-core CPU (if such CPU exist). If such CPU doesn't exist, then I need one multi-socket mainboard solution (with multiple CPUs).

Can you please recommend me any professional CPU/Mainboard solution which will satisfy such requirements? It is also very important that there are no issues with Linux Kernel (2.6.25). I also would prefer Intel architecture and well-proved stability. I still have doubts that it is feasible at all.

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i suspect this might be better suited to serverfault. not sure, tho, perhaps SU has enough hardware geeks to get a good answer. –  quack quixote Dec 10 '09 at 17:41
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What's your price range? –  Satanicpuppy Dec 10 '09 at 18:11
    
if all conditions are satisfied price plays no role. –  psihodelia Dec 10 '09 at 19:40
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Well you can get single socket, multi-core until the cows come home. I have a quad core for my home desktop (4x3.0ghz). They are common, and reasonably cheap.

Whether that will meet your compatibility needs is a whole different story. I've installed Fedora 11 (Kernel 2.6.29.4) on dual quad-core Xeon machines, more than once, without any major difficulties (and the ones I had were raid based, not processor based). I've got Fedora 12 on my laptop (which meets your requirements, even though it's only got 2 cores.) I don't think you'll have processor problems.

As for 10 gigaflops, that's no problem...Almost all modern intel desktop processors are capable of at least that.

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+1 for the dual xeons, plenty reserves. –  Molly7244 Dec 10 '09 at 18:33
    
Thank you for your very helpful answer. I thinks that any 45nm quad core should be enough! Awesome arguments, thank you ! –  psihodelia Dec 10 '09 at 19:36
    
@satanicpuppy: Your name is disturbing... haha. –  Troggy Dec 10 '09 at 19:37
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@troggy: You know what's even more disturbing? That's what my WIFE calls me. –  Satanicpuppy Dec 11 '09 at 5:41
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