We are using parallel processing toolbox in our office environment. Initially the requirement was not much critical and time was not a factor. Now time and requirements are critical and we are looking for an ideal hardware setup for making use of parallel processing.
Initially we created cluster on orthodox normal desktops with Pentium IV processor and 1 to 2 GB of RAM and all of them are connected with 100 Mpbs ehternet cable. We are now planning to change this cluster with a rack which can accommodate 16 processors (16 workstations) with only memory, processor and hard disk and all of them communication through fiber optics or with 1 GB network card.
Is there any recommended guidelines for implementing parallel processing, i mean is there any ready made racks from HP, Dell or SUN which accomodates 16 CPU's with memory, and hard disk only. the purpose of these processors is to only compute things and geive back the results to the server.
We are using MATLAB for creating cluster and using Parallel processing toolbox for running financial applications.