[Computer-go] Big Iron for Orego

Michael Williams michaelwilliams75 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 1 22:22:52 PST 2010


You are experimenting with artificial intelligence?


Peter Drake wrote:
> I'm in a position to buy some serious hardware on which to run
> Orego. Here are the constraints:
> 
> I have roughly $16K to spend.
> 
> I want to have as much processing power (i.e., many fast cores) as
> possible. Having a single box would be nice, but I'm willing to use a
> cluster.
> 
> This system will be used for three purposes:
> 
> 1) Running experiments, e.g., many games against GNU Go, to test new
>    variations of Orego.
> 
> 2) Possibly running Orego on the entire system. Orego is already
>    multithreaded, but running it across a cluster will take more work.
> 
> 3) Running Orego in tournaments.
> 
> Orego is written in Java. I want it to be platform-independent, the
> existing codebase is in Java, and I often have student researchers who
> have been trained in Java. This is not negotiable.
> 
> My operating system preferences, in decreasing order, are: Mac OS X,
> Linux, Windows.
> 
> I don't want any strange or bleeding-edge systems. I'm experimenting
> with artificial intelligence, not with system construction and
> administration.
> 
> Since this is purely a number-crunching system (as opposed to a
> development terminal), I don't need a fancy monitor. Heck, I might not
> need any monitor or keyboard.
> 
> As a baseline, one possibility is to buy five of these:
> 
> http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_pro
> 
> That would be 40 cores of good hardware with an OS that I know. I
> suspect that I can get more bang for my buck.
> 
> Please send suggestions to drake at lclark.edu.
> 
> ---
> 
> Update (25 Feb 2010):
> 
> Another suggestion would be to buy a pile of Mac minis. If one of them
> is running OS X Server, I might be able to use XGrid for cluster
> computing.
> 
> Using educational pricing, plus $39 per machine for parts-only
> AppleCare, I can get:
> 
> Qty       Item                    Price        Total
> 24       2.26GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini        549+39        14088
> 1       2.53GHz Mac Mini w/ OS X Server    949+39        987
> 
> Total                                15075
> 
> That's 48 cores, plus 2 more on the server. They're quite
> energy-efficient, if Apple is to be believed, and I wouldn't
> technically need a rack: they can literally be stacked on a
> shelf. Still ... can I get more out of a Linux setup?
> 
> ---
> 
> Update (1 Mar):
> 
> I have a quote from a custom Linux vendor. For just under $16k, I can
> get 24 cores in a single machine with 32GB RAM. This would be better
> as a powerhouse for running a single, multithreaded instance of Orego,
> but not as good for running experiments.
> 
> 
> Peter Drake
> http://www.lclark.edu/~drake/
> 
> 
> 
> 
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