beowulf cluster configuration.
RSchilling at affiliatedhealth.org
Mon Jul 23 14:26:05 EDT 2001
You've gotten some good advice on this thread, so I won't reproduce it, but
are well advised to take your time to read up on Beowulf clusters. There's
even been a book or two written, so get one. But, scyld from what I've
runs well out of the box.
> It's important to know that you will have to provide somehow the
> infrastructure to make this happen. You'll have to choose
> your programming
> technique, your system configuration, etc... There are
> several solutions out
> there which provide almost out-of-the-box beowulf solutions.
> Take a look at
> Scyld (http://www.scyld.com). What I want to express is that
> the application
> you are trying to run on a beowulf won't run faster if it's
> not somehow
> designed or modified to run in parallel
Can't stress enough the importance of laying out your infrastructure. You
can make the
assumption, given a budget, that you can get the equipment (that's kind of
the point of
a Beowulf). But, you really need to focus first on the data you're working
or not it can be manipulated using parallel programming -vs- distributed
how much data you expect to work with. Once you have that, pick your
hardware. Plan on
getting some upper end PC's $1000 - $2000 range, some good networking
equipment like switches
and cards (if the cards are not integrated into the motherboards), and be
sure to find a room
with *good* air conditioning (or build the cluster next to an iceberg).
That's a *VERY SIMPLE*
If you need help beyond that, contact me offline and I can help.
Of course, you should search this list's archives for hints on hardware,
benchmarking, etc . . .
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