[Beowulf] Oldest functioning clusters

Roger L. Smith roger at erc.msstate.edu
Thu Dec 9 11:18:27 EST 2004


There weren't all that many responses to my original post about the oldest
still-functional cluster system.  I decided not to post mine immediately,
but now I thought I'd post it to see if anyone here has one older.

Our oldest cluster is the Super MSPARC.  It is based on 8 Sun SPARCstation
10 workstations, each with four 90MHz Ross processor modules and 288MB of
RAM.  The interconnects between the nodes include Myrinet (this is one of
the earliest Myrinet-based systems), ethernet (10Mb/s), and ATM (OC3).  It
was originally developed as a research testbed, but still sees some use as
a teaching tool for a parallel algorithms class.

The according to our records, the components for the system were
originally purchased in June of 1993, so the system is now 11 years old!

Here's a link to a photo and description of it, as well as some of our
other cluster projects:

http://www.erc.msstate.edu/about/facilities/clusterhistory.html


On Mon, 22 Nov 2004, Roger L. Smith wrote:

>
> During a conversation at the LECCIBG at SC'04 this year, I openly wondered
> where and what the oldest still-functioning cluster system is.
>
> So, who has the oldest cluster on this list?  For my curiousity, I'm not
> limiting the submissions to Intel or Linux, so it doesn't have to be a
> traditional "Beowulf" system, but it should be a system designed and used
> exclusively as a cluster, and it should still be in service of some sort
> today.
>
>
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