Has anyone run postgres on a beowulf system?
I'm shopping for a new server. One candidate would be a
quad opteron (64-bit AMD "hammer") machine. Another approach might
be a beowulf of single or dual opterons. I imagine the beowulf
would be a bit cheaper, and much more expandable, but what about
the shared memory used by the postgres backends? I gather that
postgres uses shared memory to coordinate (locks?) between backends?
I have a smallish DB (pgdump|bzip2 -> 10MB), with ~45 users logged in
using local X(python/gtk) postgres client apps.
Will the much slower shared memory access between beowulf nodes be
a performance bottleneck?
[Next question is: has anyone used postgres on an opteron at all??]
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