CPUs for a Beowulf
josip at lanl.gov
Wed Sep 10 20:42:20 EDT 2003
Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 11:07:57AM -0600, Josip Loncaric wrote:
>>Anyone getting started on clusters has to negotiate a learning curve,
>>regardless of whether they build it themselves or buy a turn-key system.
> My point was that some admins with zero "beowulf" cluster experience
> have plenty of large system Unix experience.
Good point. It sure helps to start high on the learning curve...
I'd only like to add that administrative costs for a functional cluster
are *way* lower than for the same number of office PCs. There are many
reasons for this so I do not want to enumerate them here.
You probably have a better feel for this, but my guess is that a capable
Linux cluster administrator can manage several hundred nodes. In other
words, although support costs for an N-processor cluster scale with N,
the scaling constant is fairly reasonable.
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