[Beowulf] Re: clusters in high schools.

Bill Harman billharman at comcast.net
Fri Jan 27 18:41:53 EST 2006


Matt;

One of the things that you can do to get things started is to collect used
computers from the school, school district, local business or from the
parents of other students.  Once you have 10-12 units you can surprise your
teachers and provide a platform for learning Linux and other open source
S/W, while providing an additional platform for learning programming.  May
even get you a scholarship.

I have gone back into selling used turnkey clusters, in part because of the
need for organizations to test or get familiar to this technology without a
large capital expense.  From 1977-1990 I sold used mini and mainframe
computers because it could stretch a budget, while getting the necessary
computer power needed.  In many respects this still holds true.

Good luck on your endeavours.

Bill Harman,
P - (801) 572-9252  F - (801) 571-4927
wharman at prism.net
 
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-----Original Message-----
From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On
Behalf Of matt jones
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 8:20 AM
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: [Beowulf] Re: clusters in high schools.

if there was an opportunity for clusters in high school, or secondary
schools (which i'm in) it would be great, people like myself are actually
being held back by the schools because we are far more advanced than all the
others in our class's. not much can be done about this but in the UK because
we sit IT and that hasn't really got much to do with actual hardware,
software or anything that could include a beowulf.

in our school myself and one other in the year below even know what anything
other than windows is... i find this astonishing as most web servers do not
use windows, and we spend most of our IT lessons on the net.

so yes clustering and the opportunities of clustering unused computers
within schools and colleges do exist and there is a huge gap in the UK
education for starting people towards any sort of clustering knowledge, but
if it could be done those 1 to 10 of us might get the help we need to
actually build and maintain a cluster. which i suppose would benefit the
other students as they could run models through it.

matt jones, 15, YR. 11 student at a normal comprehensive school.

ps* can anyone advise me to a guide for starting a Beowulf, 'cos i haven't
found one yet.



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