LittleFe at LSU

LittleFe is the idea of building a complete, low-cost cluster for educational purposes. The goal of the LittleFe is to provide an instructional cluster that can be used to teach various aspects of parallel and High Performance Computing -- not as a computational resource. Here are some links to the existing LittleFe web pages:

A few of us at LSU are interested in building a LittleFe. In particular, I am interested in the idea of an AMD-based LittleFe for the following reasons:

Here is the begining of the parts list that I am looking at:

CategoryDescriptionQuantityEachPriceTotal
motherboard Newegg.com - ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard 5$99.99$499.95$499.95
processor Newegg.com - AMD Phenom 9150E 1.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 65W Quad-Core Processor 5$79.99$399.95$899.9
power supply PICOPSU-150-XT 5$49.5$247.5$1147.4
memory G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit 5$90.99$454.95$1602.35
power supply 150w AC-DC Power Adapter, 12v 12.5A 5$44.5$222.5$1824.85
switch NETGEAR GS108 1$59.99$59.99$1884.84
Case Pelican 1610 Watertight Hard Case with Wheels, without Foam - Black 1$175.99$175.99$2060.83
hardware 1/4" x 1/2" x 8' aluminum channel (motherboard guides) from Lowes 1$9.22$9.22$2070.05
hardware 1/4" x 1" x 8' aluminum (sides) from Lowes 1$21.48$21.48$2091.53

Total (so far): $2091.53

Actual Purchases

Date Cost Quantity Category Description
Jan 8, 2010 $89.99 1 processor AMD Phenom X4 9150e Agena 1.8GHz Socket AM2+ 65W Quad-Core Processor Model HD9150ODGHBOX - Retail
Jan 8, 2010 $96.99 1 memory G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
Jan 8, 2010 $50.37 1 power supply Athena Power AP-MFATX22 220W Mini ITX / Micro FLEX ATX / ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
Jan 8, 2010 $106.97 1 motherboard ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Feb 16, 2010 $427.88 4 motherboard ZOTAC GF8200-C-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Feb 16, 2010 $174.99 1 processor AMD Phenom II X4 905e Deneb 2.5GHz Socket AM3 65W Quad-Core Processor Model HD905EOCGIBOX - Retail
Mar 22, 2010 $524.97 3 processor AMD Phenom II X4 905e Deneb 2.5GHz Socket AM3 65W Quad-Core Processor Model HD905EOCGIBOX - Retail
Mar 22, 2010 $367.96 4 memory OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G10664GK - Retail
Apr 28, 2010 $256.79 5 power supply Pico Power Supply
Apr 28, 2010 $61.45 1 display Pico LCD
Apr 23, 2010 $123.10 1 power supply Mean Well se-600-12
Apr 23, 2010 $32.98 1 switch 8 port gigabit awitch
Apr 23, 2010 $79.99 1 hard drive 640 GB Laptop Hard drive
Apr 23, 2010 $170.94 1 case Pelican 1610 Case

Spent so far: $2475.38

Current State:

Status Category Description
complete processor have 1 9150e for head node and 4 905e for compute nodes
complete memory 5 pairs of 2 GB dimms
complete motherboards have 2 -- need 3 more (ordered Mar 26, 2010)
Ordered switch 8 port switch (gigabit) - ordered Apr 28, 2010
Ordered power supply 5 pico PS and 12 volt supply ordered - Apr 28, 2010
orderd case Pelican case - Apr 28, 2010
in progress frame Aluminum for sides is her - front and back still to be acquirede

Beyond the above prices, we still need all the mechanical hardware parts and pieces (and all of the other stuff I have forgotten).

If you are interested in this project, please join our local mailing list.

Latest hitch is that Newegg (and everyone else) seems to be out of 9150e CPUs.


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