/. MS vs. university Beowulfs

Daniel Kidger Daniel.Kidger at quadrics.com
Mon Feb 25 05:33:15 EST 2002




Greg Lindahl wrote:
>> The Cornell university NT cluster is the only case I have heard of
>> that was designed to perform calculations like a Beowulf cluster. 
>
>NCSA had a bigger one, but decided to switch to Linux.



Dennis Nicole's group at Southampton have had an NT cluster for quite a few
years:
   http://www.hpcc.ecs.soton.ac.uk/
I remember being shown round it a couple of years ago.


They are however funded by M$ and as a result the web pages about their
system are at:
   http://www.windowsclusters.org/

Theses pages are quite extensive. There is an FAQ which gives a quickstart
guide to setting up a cluster.

They also have links to a great many other M$-clusters including INRIA,
Cornell, Argonne, Berkeley. 


There seems to be a lot of push trying to promote MPI for Industrial users
of NT.
In spite of this, my own employer: Quadrics has no intension of ever making
its Interconnect work with Windows. :-)


Yours,
Daniel.

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