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Old   October 5, 2009, 11:46
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I am new to OpenFOAM and am looking at hardware for testing it out. I am wondering if anybody has any guidance about the two different possibilities I was thinking of:

2 separate workstations (2x dual core) = total 8 cores connected by gigabit ethernet
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1 single workstation (2x quad core) = total 8 cores

The separate machines are overall lower cost but would this truely show the parallel scalability (up to 8 cores) that is achievable?

The purpose of these machines are to check capabilities of OF as well as see how it scales in parallel.

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