Just found out I have about 24 hours to put a grant proposal together. I want to get a cluster for research, and would like advice on what to get, where to get it, and what I can expect to get for about $20k. (So actually its a quite limited budget - but I caught you searching for soft-core geek porn).
GPUs are not an option
2 GB memory per node
Running computer simulations with large data-intensive geometries (voxelized patient CTs)
somewhat large stacks are to be expected
Very low long-term storage required.
We will be working with patient data, so we must keep the system in house - no farming out to a service like Amazon. Plus this would be running as close to full time as possible once its all set up. The system would be dedicated to just two applications with similar requirements. Large jobs that can easily be parallelized between computers, but with no need for advanced multi-threading and very low multi-tasking requirements.
Any advice would be welcome.
[EDIT]: OS: Linux