[Beowulf] Begginer questions

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Sat Aug 6 21:05:46 EDT 2005


Actually,

I would make the fastest machine the masternode. Compute nodes can do their
job a bit slower, you just turn them on such a job for a few months nonstop.

Vincent

At 09:08 PM 8/6/2005 +0300, Nicholas Papadakos wrote: 
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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Hello, 

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>I have some machines laying around and I was
thinking for the past 3-4 months to make a small Beowulf cluster. 

10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>I have tried something similar in the past, but I
had used the openmosix approach. 

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>The machines are: 

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>2x <mailto:p4 at 2.4GHZ>p4 at 2.4GHZ 

10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1x <mailto:p4 at 2.0GHZ>p4 at 2.0GHZ 

10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1x p3 at 900MHZ 

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>I was thinking of putting the p3 to do the master
node and the rest the slave nodes( under the assumption that the master
node doesnt do anything else than coordinating the slave nodes). 

10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Reading a bit more about beowulf  I found that
the master node needs to be the most powerfull machine in the cluster? (
this is not very clear to me if its true or not) 

10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Should I use the p3 as the master or one of the p4? 

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Also , since I have several spare 100mb Ethernet
cards arounds, to put 2 in each node and bonding them together. Is it worth
it? 

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Regards, 

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Nicholas Papadakos 

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