Looking for references on Beowulf performance for undergrad paper

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Mon Feb 17 15:55:01 EST 2003


On Mon, 17 Feb 2003, Matt Osborne wrote:

> Hi, writing a paper on Beowulf's and the performance benefits gained from
> such a system. Looking for information on the performance increase from 1
> to x nodes and the difference in performance of some code running on the
> Beowulf to the code on a single processor. Any help appreciated! =]

The usual:

  http://www.phy.duke.edu/~brahma/beowulf_online_book/

and seek out the chapters on Amdahl's law and parallel scaling.

It may not be exactly what you are looking for (if you are looking for
specific programs or speedup anecdotes) but it will help you understand
how programs are organized to benefit from parallelization (and WHEN
they CAN be so organized, as many cannot).

HTH,

   rgb

> 
> Regards,
> Matt Osborne
> Electrical/Computer Engineering
> Christian Brothers University
> Memphis, Tennessee
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