[Beowulf] about concept of beowulf clusters

Patrice Seyed apseyed at bu.edu
Thu Feb 24 15:44:30 EST 2005


A beowulf cluster is in itself a loose definition, but it basically is 
linux machines that perform some kind of HPC (high performance
computing) tasks. It could be commoity or not. Also there is no set of 
software that makes it a beowulf, but there are software that make them 
useful, like mpi and lam libraries for parallel computing, or pbs/maui 
and sge for scheduler/resource manager for batch/interactive/parallel 
computing in the cluster.  Rocks and Oscar are simply tookits that make 
installing and managing the systems easier, like for installing nodes, 
software management, and parallel commands. Whether you're using low 
latency propriety switches or gigE, as long as the tasks are related to 
hpc I think it falls in the "beowulf" definition.
-Patrice

  On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 3:27 pm, rmiguel at usmp.edu.pe wrote:
> Hi, i have a doubt about the strict concept of Beowulf cluster. Is a 
> cluster
> build with comodity hardware only?.. what's up when i build a cluster 
> using
> some tools as OSCAR, or ROCKS, etc on servers or using some kind of 
> high speed
> networks?.
> If I have two Alpha servers with Linux and open source software 
> conected by a
> high speed network.. is this a beowulf cluster?.
>
> Thanks for your answers ..
>
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