Cluster computing software survey

Walter Bischof bischof at tiscali.co.uk
Tue Oct 30 20:29:49 EST 2001


Dear Sir,

We are conducting a survey on software in the cluster computing
environment.  We would really appreciate it if you could please spend a
few minutes to answer the following questions, and send your answers
back to bischof at tiscali.co.uk.

Thank you very much!


Sincerely,
Walter Bischof



1. Are you currently using clusters as your high performance computing
   solution?
   [ ] Yes
   [ ] No (If you answer "No", go to Question 4.)

2. How many nodes do you have at your site?
   [ ] More than 1024
   [ ] Between 768 and 1023
   [ ] Between 512 and 767
   [ ] Between 256 and 511
   [ ] Between 128 and 255
   [ ] Between 64 and 127
   [ ] Between 32 and 63
   [ ] Between 16 and 31
   [ ] Between 2 and 15
   [ ] I don't have any nodes at the moment.

3. How many CPU's do you have in total in your cluster?
   [ ] More than 1024
   [ ] Between 768 and 1023
   [ ] Between 512 and 767
   [ ] Between 256 and 511
   [ ] Between 128 and 255
   [ ] Between 64 and 127
   [ ] Between 32 and 63
   [ ] Between 16 and 31
   [ ] Between 2 and 15

4. What type of CPU's are you using?
   [ ] Intel Itanium
   [ ] Intel Pentium IV
   [ ] Intel Pentium III
   [ ] Intel Pentium II
   [ ] Intel Pentium and lower
   [ ] Compaq/Digital Alpha
   [ ] Sun UltraSparc
   [ ] Sun Sparc
   [ ] IBM POWER
   [ ] IBM PowerPC
   [ ] HP PA-RISC
   [ ] SGI MIPS
   [ ] Not sure

5. Which operating system are you running on the machines?
   [ ] Linux on Intel x86
   [ ] Linux on Compaq/Digital Alpha
   [ ] Linux on Sun SPARC
   [ ] Linux on Sun UltraSPARC
   [ ] Tru64 UNIX (Digital UNIX)
   [ ] IBM AIX
   [ ] Sun Solaris on Intel x86
   [ ] Sun Solaris on Sun SPARC
   [ ] Sun Solaris on Sun UltraSPARC
   [ ] HP-UX on HP PA-RISC
   [ ] SGI Irix
   [ ] FreeBSD on Intel x86
   [ ] FreeBSD on Compaq/Digital Alpha
   [ ] NetBSD on Intel x86
   [ ] NetBSD on Compaq/Digital Alpha
   [ ] NetBSD on Sun SPARC
   [ ] NetBSD on Sun UltraSPARC
   [ ] OpenBSD on Intel x86
   [ ] OpenBSD on Compaq/Digital Alpha
   [ ] OpenBSD on Sun SPARC
   [ ] OpenBSD on Sun UltraSPARC
   [ ] Other, please indicate:
   [ ] Not sure

6. What are using for inter-node communication?
   [ ] Ethernet
   [ ] Fast Ethernet
   [ ] Gigabit Ethernet
   [ ] Giganet
   [ ] Myrinet
   [ ] Quadrics QsNet
   [ ] SCI
   [ ] HIPPI
   [ ] Other, please indicate:
   [ ] Not sure

7. Please check all the numerical libraries that are important to you:
   [ ] BLAS
   [ ] ATLAS
   [ ] LAPACK
   [ ] ScaLAPACK
   [ ] PLAPACK
   [ ] ODEPACK
   [ ] DIFFPACK
   [ ] QUADPACK
   [ ] ARPACK
   [ ] PARPACK
   [ ] NAG library
   [ ] IMSL library
   [ ] Harwell library
   [ ] Y12M subroutines
   [ ] ITPACK
   [ ] SPARSPACK
   [ ] LAPACK95
   [ ] BLAS95
   [ ] PBLAS
   [ ] BLACS
   [ ] Other, please indicate:
   [ ] Not sure

8. If your computations involve sparse matrices, can you please tell
   us more about it?


9. What other computational algorithms would you like to see
   implemented in the form of libraries?


10. What do you use for parallel programming?  Check all that apply.
    [ ] MPICH
    [ ] LAM/MPI
    [ ] Quadrics MPI
    [ ] SHMEM
    [ ] ScaMPI
    [ ] PVM
    [ ] POSIX Threads
    [ ] HPF
    [ ] MPI/FM
    [ ] SCI-MPICH
    [ ] MPI/Pro
    [ ] OpenMP
    [ ] Other vendor supplied MPI, please indicate:
    [ ] Other, please indicate:
    [ ] Not sure

11. What do you use for your queueing system?  Check all that apply
    [ ] LSF (Load Sharing Facility)
    [ ] PBS (Portable Batch System)
    [ ] DQS (Distributed Queueing System)
    [ ] NQE (Network Queueing Environment)
    [ ] SGE (Sun Grid Environment)
    [ ] Other, please indicate:
    [ ] Not sure

12. If you use Linux on your cluster, which distribution do you use?
    [ ] Red Hat
    [ ] SuSE
    [ ] Debian
    [ ] Slackware
    [ ] Mandrake
    [ ] TurboLinux
    [ ] Other, please indicate:
    [ ] Not sure

13. Which compilers do you use?  Check all that apply.
    [ ] GCC (GNU C Compiler)
    [ ] G77 (GNU Fortran 77 Compiler)
    [ ] G++ (GNU C++ Compiler)
    [ ] NAG Fortran Compiler
    [ ] Compaq/Digital Fortran compiler
    [ ] Compaq/Digital C compiler
    [ ] IBM xlf Fortran compiler
    [ ] IBM xlc C compiler
    [ ] IBM xlC C++ compiler
    [ ] Portland Group (PGI) C compiler
    [ ] Portland Group (PGI) C++ compiler
    [ ] Portland Group (PGI) Fortran compiler
    [ ] Portland Group (PGI) HPF compiler
    [ ] VAST F90 compiler
    [ ] Absoft Pro Fortran compiler
    [ ] SGI MIPSpro C compiler
    [ ] SGI MIPSpro C++ compiler
    [ ] SGI MIPSpro Fortran compiler
    [ ] HP C compiler
    [ ] HP C++ compiler
    [ ] HP Fortram compiler
    [ ] Sun WorkShop C compiler
    [ ] Sun WorkShop C++ compiler
    [ ] Sun WorkShop Fortran compiler
    [ ] Other, please indicate:
    [ ] Not sure

14. Please tell us what applications do you use your cluster for.


15. Would well tuned and advanced numerical subroutines be of any value
    to you?
    [ ] Yes
    [ ] No

16. How much would you be willing to pay for high quality numerical
    libraries?
    [ ] More than USD $5000
    [ ] Between USD $3000 and USD $4999
    [ ] Between USD $1000 and USD $2999
    [ ] Between USD $500 and USD $999
    [ ] Between USD $200 and USD 499
    [ ] Below USD $199
    [ ] I wouldn't pay for it, I will use free versions

17. If you use Linux, how would you like the numerical libraries to be
    distributed?
    [ ] As part of a Linux distribution
    [ ] As add-on packages to a Linux distribution










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