[Beowulf] $2500 cluster. What it's good for?

Andrew M.A. Cater amacater at galactic.demon.co.uk
Sun Dec 19 20:18:00 EST 2004


On Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 01:49:28PM -0600, Dean Johnson wrote:
> 
> On Dec 18, 2004, at 9:52 AM, Jim Lux wrote:
> 
> >I think it would be interesting to contemplate potential uses of a 
> >$2500
> >cluster.  Once you've had the thrill of putting it together and 
> >rendering
> >something with POVray, what next?
> 
> While not terribly elegant, scientifically interesting, or 
> cluster-sexy, you could do distcc. "Look ma, I'm compiling over my 
> cluster". High school kids might like to do cluster BLAST type stuff. 
> There is certain value in getting the dog-looking-at-the-tv look from 
> their parents when they explain their activities. "Well Son, I got no 
> damn idea what you are talking about, but your Mom and I are very 
> proud".
> 
> Maybe someone should put together something akin to the OpenCD for 
> cluster usage by novices. Put together a bunch of the standard 
> cluster-aware apps in nice buildable or RPM type packages.
> 
Quantian anybody ??

> 	--Dean
> 
Shades of talking through all of this in 1997 or 1998 when talking about
a distribution-agnostic version of Extreme Linux. Google will find
references to this even if the archives - the third hit [a post on the
debian-devel list pointing to Drake Diedrich's usual intelligent-type
response to a clueless newbie :) ] should help.

Andy
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