I've got 8 linux boxes, what now

Napolean Solo jmlinley at ix.netcom.com
Thu Dec 6 02:14:40 EST 2001


On Wednesday 05 December 2001 17:17, Chris Majewski wrote:
> Hi
> I've 8 linux  boxes, Pentium II 200-400 MHz,  with one 100Mbps ethernet
> each and (hopefully, soon to come) a 100Mbps switch. And some ethernet
> cable.  I  don't remember how much RAM  is in the boxes,  so let's say
> 64MB each. My budget is zero dollars. Can I build a general-purpose compute
> server out  of this?  Is it worth  my while?  For example, will  it be
> "faster" than,  say, a  1GHz PIII? Assume  nothing about the  types of
> applications people will run, because we don't know.  Yes, I have read the
> FAQ.
>

I'm not sure what it is you're trying to build. A general purpose computer 
server might best be created using Mosix.

Have a look at www.mosix.org.

As you have the equipment, building a cluster is a great way to gain 
experience, and the components can be given to the local schools when you 
move on or upgrade.

Yours /etc
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