I have been courting the idea of making a central 'supercomputer' to solve our ( a company I consult for) flow simulation studies in a more timely manner. They now have 5 Flow sim licenses so I'm thinking that I could build a discrete ripper system to force data from them cells with extreme predjudice.
I've been building my own systems (and others') for over 20 years now so I'm covered on the logistics. However, I also realize that CFD is inherently a linear process. I've seen the nifty chart that Anna Wood posted last year regarding multi-cpus and am wondering if there is one of those for this years software.
Essentially, I want to set up a rack box with 5 dual-cpu xeon (liquid cooled and overclocked to the apogee of stablity of course) MBs, each with a 64 or 128GB SSD and windows 8 (laugh if you must, it's grown on me). I'm running Server 2008R2 on the 'mothership' so I can rock Hyper-V and other nifty tools as well.
oh, Is it safe to say that pure clock speed is really the dominant factor in solving? Assuming modern bus and memory of course.