[Beowulf] Quasi-Non-Von-Neumann hardware in a Beowulf cluster.

John Hearns john.hearns at streamline-computing.com
Fri Mar 11 04:44:47 EST 2005


On Thu, 2005-03-10 at 11:13 -0800, David Mathog wrote:
> "Omri Schwarz" <ocschwar at MIT.EDU> wrote:
> 
> > Would specialty  (albeit commodity) coprocessors hanging off a
> > PCI slot be suitable for your applications?

> 
> 2.  Assuming that you can get the card in there and not fry anything
> you're going to have to at the very least rewrite the code to make
> use of the specialized hardware.  Unless this board comes with a
> very, very clever compiler to automagically detect the bits it can
> do best you're looking at some serious time and/or money spent on
> programming.
> 
We have looked at Clearspeed's product:

http://www.clearspeed.com/products/apps.php

They have ported standard libraries, and say that if your software uses
BLAS etc. it will run without change.


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