Cheap IKEA Furniture Makes One Hell of a Linux Cluster

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My IKEA experiences have been pretty hit or miss, but maybe that's just because I wasn't building Linux rendering clusters out of the POÄNG chairs. Because one modder took a $40 IKEA Helmer set of drawers and shoved in 6 Intel Quad Core processors. His end product featured 24 2.4 Ghz cores and 48GB of RAM. Where an example render on his DualCore Xenon 2.66 Ghz with 4 GB ram took 552 minutes (9.2 h), the IKEA machine breezed through the same task in just 64 minutes. Just don't try to pick up your Helmer case on a weekend. You could seriously die. [Helmer via MAKE]

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@Barry99705: Speak for yourself.

I didn't think the bottleneck would be with the network storage because most data transactions are done on memory. The network storage is there only as a "save results" stage.