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The Staid and Stoic 2014 Beowulf Bash

You can rest easy. The party that started with warm beer and stale pretzels is back. That's right, the 2014 Beowulf Bash is on the calendar. This year we tried to tone down the flash and mark the 20th anniversary of the Beowulf Cluster with reverence and respect toward Thomas Sterling and Don Becker. We couldn't do it.

You can find all the details, the generous vendors, and the usual snarky invitation here. Pay attention to those footnotes.

20 Years of Beowulf: Workshop to Honor Thomas Sterling’s 65th Birthday

Mark your calendar. On October 13-14, a workshop entitled 20 Years of Beowulf will be held in Annapolis. MD. The workshop will mark the 20th anniversary of the introduction of commodity (AKA Beowulf) clusters, an architectural approach to creating parallel computers using mostly or entirely commodity components and open source system software. The initial target of the Beowulf cluster project was inexpensive, small to moderate parallel computing platforms; the Beowulf approach was extremely successful and adopted worldwide by teams ranging from high-school students to senior scientists. The Beowulf approach is now the basis of most of the world’s most powerful computers as well.

The workshop will also celebrate the 65th birthday of Thomas Sterling, who has made major contributions over his career (so far), including playing a key role in conceiving and implementing commodity cluster computing (aka Beowulf), HPC architecture, run time systems, and exascale systems.

More details at InsideHPC.

Celebrate HPC Underwater

ImageIf you are heading out to SC11 this year don't forget to attend the best event at the show. That is right, the 2011 Beowulf Bash And Cephalopod Festival is back again this year -- bigger and better than last year.

Date and Time: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 9 p.m.
Place: Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Directions: see the invite

A special thanks to our community of sponsors!

Note: It is not too late to sponsor, contact Xand Marketing. If you cannot attend, you can still read the witty invitation.

SC10: Short Takes

Yes it has been a while since our last news item or article. Busy, busy, busy. Lot's of stuff coming in the new year. SC10 was great. A few short items. Check out More to come about this effort. Also, check out the Beowulf Bash Video. I was also running Limulus at the show. The pictures are similar to last year and the interest was just as high. Other cool things included Numascale and of course the Top500. The Chinese are on a roll. This fall they had 41 total systems in the list. Two years earlier they had just 14 systems in the Top500. Oh, and they got to the top with GPUs!


Ligon/Eadline Cigar and Cognac Invitational Beowulf Gathering


What is LECCIBG?

It is a fine tradition started by Walt Ligon and Doug Eadline at the Extreme Linux Developers Forum in February 2000. Eric Roman and Vasily Lewis were also there. We have a cigar, a glass of cognac, and plot world domination through Beowulf technology. Well, we also talk about other stuff too.

LECCIBG 2008: When and Where?

Basically I have given up trying to organize a LECCIBG. At SC03 in Phoenix I organized an event, and went to the wrong place (next door actually), then in 2006 in Tampa, the cigar capital of the US, I picked a place that was closed. Let's not talk about the time I forgot my cigars.

Therefore, I have turned over the organization to Xand Marketing. This year (2008) the LECCIBG has been combined with the Beowulf Bash. The Beowulf Bash Version 2.0 will be held Monday November 17, 9-11:30pm at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

As the LECCIBG rules were designed for future upgrades and flexibility, we can seamlessly integrate it onto any place, time, or alternate universe.


Previous LECCIBGs have been held at:

  • SC07 (Reno)
  • SCO6 (Tampa) -- sort of
  • SC05 (Seattle)
  • SC2004 (Pittsburgh)
  • IEEE Cluster 2004 (San Jose)
  • SC2003 (Phoenix)
  • Extreme Linux Developers Forum in February 2000 (Santa Fe)
  • Atlanta Linux Showcase October 2000
  • SC2000 (Dallas)
  • Extreme Linux Developers Forum in February 2001 (Santa Fe)

Who can attend?

Anyone who wants.

Then why is it "Invitational"?

Because you can only come if you are invited. You are invited. Everyone is invited.


What if I do not like Cigars?

Drink cognac.

What if I do not like Cognac?

Smoke a cigar.

What if I do not like Cognac or Cigars?

There is always beer for the less sophisticated.

Is it free?

Are you kidding?

Do you have rules?

Rules of a LECCIBG

  1. A LECCIBG can be held at any time. At most one person is required unless you plan a null-LECCIBG in which you are the only invited person, but do not show up. This is not to be confused with and non-LECCIBG in rule 3.
  2. Anyone can hold a LECCIBG - we're open source. Doug and Walt do not need to be present. However, their name should be chanted at least once during the LECCIBG.
  3. At most major HPC/Beowulf/Linux Events there may be a LECCIBG. This event may be announced on Cluster Monkey.
  4. There is no protocol except that at least one cigar should be smoked and one glass of cognac should be consumed. Otherwise the event is a non-LECCIBG which is not to be confused with a null-LECCIBG in Rule 1. Beer or any other beverage of choice may be substituted for Cognac.
  5. Discussion should be limited to world domination through Beowulf clusters and any other topic that seems important.

Who are those people smoking cigars?

Walt and Doug. We are not sure who the other person is.

Other Questions

Contact Doug or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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