[Beowulf] Is Beowulf a pure compute only cluster

Felix Rauch Valenti felix.rauch.valenti at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 05:42:25 EDT 2005


On Apr 11, 2005 4:46 PM, Richard Chang <richard at hinditron.com> wrote:
> I just want to clarify if "Beowulf" is a pure compute only cluster. By this
> I mean if it is used only for number crunching. Or is it can be used as
> Fail-Over cluster in production environments like DATA-CENTERS where the
> data-uptime is of utmost importance. Can we use Beowulf for Mission critical
> database environments like SAP or Oracle implementations also. 
>   
> What are the exact uses of a Beowulf. 

There are different definitions of a "Beowulf" around and you can
certainly find many long discussions in the archive of this
mailinglist about the "exact" definition.

But in general, Beowulf clusters are about high performance, not high
availability.

- Felix
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