[gmx-users] Apple cluster

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Mon Mar 3 19:53:32 CET 2014

Feasibility for GROMACS depends critically on the network hardware. Gigabit
ethernet is generally too slow to be worth using, unless maybe for REMD
with complete replica(s) per node.


On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM, Steve <stevesei at ymail.com> wrote:

> I have four quadcore apple computers and I have been informed that Apple
> has
> a "Qmaster" software ( in their Final Cut Studio package) that can do
> distributed processing. Has anyone attempted this with Apple using
> Gromacs??? Is this feasible?? I have only worked with Linux systems (and
> have used MPICH, MPI)..I am not an expert, but would really appreciate some
> comments/advice from someone who knows the basics here..
> Is the fact that Apple has just started this mean there are a lot of "bugs"
> in the system?
> Cost-wise and energy-wise do you think it would be smarter to invest in a
> small Linux cluster (~ 20-30 nodes) than to assemble this Apple cluster?
> Thanks, Steve
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