[Beowulf] portable clusters

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Nov 28 16:26:25 EST 2005


At 12:43 PM 11/28/2005, John Hearns wrote:
>On Mon, 2005-11-28 at 15:09 -0500, Andrew Fant wrote:
> > Jim Lux wrote:
> > >
> >
> > I can't speak to how viable the use of windows as a head node is, but
>I
> > do know that LANL had a paper in the last couple of Linux Journals
>about
> >    building just such a beast, housed in a plastic toolbox.  They had
> > one of their prototypes on display at SC2005.  They use a thinkpad as
> > the head node on their systems.  You might want to check with them
>for
> > more engineering details.
>If I remember the article this was a stack of PC-105 boards?
They stacked the boards using threaded spacers.

PC104 form factor, actually, and they used a Linux box as the headnode.

The LLL folks have a 4 (or 8?) minicluster built from Via Mini-ITX boxes in 
the nifty little M100 enclosures from mini-box.com.  I forget what they 
used as a headnode.




James Lux, P.E.
Spacecraft Radio Frequency Subsystems Group
Flight Communications Systems Section
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 161-213
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
tel: (818)354-2075
fax: (818)393-6875


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