[Beowulf] Movie Editing Requirements

Douglas Eadline, Cluster World Magazine deadline at linux-mag.com
Mon Feb 23 07:27:20 EST 2004


On Sat, 21 Feb 2004, Brent M. Clements wrote:

> Actually a beowulf cluster can also run windows. There is a port of maya
> to clusters...There are also many other movie editing software
> distributions that work very well on clusters..It also doesn't matter what
> os a beowulf cluster runs.

>From time to time, I think it is a important to recall the original
definition of Beowulf. In the book "How to Build Beowulf", Sterling,
Salmon, Becker, Savarese define Beowulf as:

"A Beowulf is a collection of personal computers (PCs) interconnected by 
widely available networking technology running one of several open-source 
Unix like operating systems."

There is often confusion as to "what is a Beowulf?" because the definition
is more of a framework for building clusters and less of a recipe.

I suppose, one could come up with definition of an HPC cluster which
would read something like"

"An HPC cluster is collection of commodity processors interconnected by
widely available networking technology running a widely available OS."

Rather broad. I think the keyword in all this is "commodity", which to me
means choice and implies low cost.

Doug

> 
> -Brent
> 
> Brent Clements
> Linux Technology Specialist
> Information Technology
> Rice University
> 
> 
> On Sat, 21 Feb 2004, Joel Jaeggli wrote:
> 
> > Given that it sounds like you're on windows, a beowulf cluster is not
> > appropriate from your application...
> >
> >
> > On Sun, 22 Feb 2004, Sawan Gupta wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > My client uses Adobe After Effects, 3D Max, Maya etc on his PIV HT
> > > system with 512 DDRAM and a 128 MB Graphic Card.
> > >
> > > But when he perform some rendering operations, it takes nearly 10-15
> > > minutes to complete.
> > >
> > > He wishes to upgrade his system to dual XEON with more RAM to minimize
> > > this time delay.
> > >
> > > I want to know whether this will suit his requirments or a cluster is
> > > just what he needs.
> > > Please tell me which cluster can suit his requirements i.e.
> > > Windows/Linux.
> > > I mean which cluster can best suit these requirements.
> > >
> > > Also are the softwares used by him also available for Linux or not. (If
> > > the solution suggested is in Linux)
> > >
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > >
> > > Sawan Gupta
> > > || Mg_India at sancharnet.in ||
> > >
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