Beowulf for MAC OSX

Karl Podesta kpodesta at
Mon Jun 16 13:04:10 EDT 2003

On Mon, Jun 16, 2003 at 04:48:53PM +0530, Dwarkanath wrote:
> Hello Group,
> I wish to know, whether Beowulf supports MAC OS X. If yes, can i know the
> details/pre-requisites/steps to accomplish the same.
> Thanking you in advance,
> Dwarkanath MB

If you have machines which run OS X, then you could make a beowulf
out of them. You just have to connect the machines together into 
a network, and then install the software you want to run (MPI/PVM, etc). 

Connecting the machines together should not be a problem - installing
the software is where the bulk of your work is. You will need to 
compile MPI, PVM, or whatever software you want to run. 

There seems to be a short guide here:

And you could also check out for a look at the 
Apple clusters they've put together, and the bioinformatics software
they have available for Mac OS X. 

This is simplifying things, and assumes you just have a few spare Macs 
you want to use! If you're looking for a cluster to accomplish a
specific task, obviously you need to think about your application, 
money you have to spare, etc.

Karl Podesta
Dublin City University, Ireland
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