beowulf in space
hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Mon Apr 14 14:46:05 EDT 2003
> Has anybody considered the theoretical aspects of placing beowulfs on a
> cluster of satellites?
if this interests you, I highly recommend reading Vernor Vinge's
recent books (A Deepness in the Sky, for instance). Robert Forward
has some topical ones, too. they are science fiction, though...
> I understand that communication will be slower AND
well, to the extent that such a cluster would be spread out,
I can understand the "slower" part. though c in vacuum is higher
than c in fiber or TP.
I don't see the "unreliable" part. are you presuming some kind of
traditional RF modulation? using free-space optics seems like the
more obvious way to network satellites, and I don't see why that would
> and it would restrict the set of problems that could be solved. I'm looking
> for papers/tech reps etc on the subject.
I doubt they exist, simply because there's no practical reason,
given the huge cost and unclear advantage.
I can imagine some really great advertisements for colo though ;)
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