[Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!
mwill at penguincomputing.com
Tue Apr 10 17:26:32 EDT 2007
As far as I remember PVM has some overhead to facilitate message passing
in a heterogenous environment
that MPI does not have.
I had a customers sample code that required some data to be moved from
the headnode to a compute node
and while on PVM they would get about 50MB/s MPI could transfer about
100MB/s across gigabit ethernet.
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Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 1:29 PM
To: Robert G. Brown
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Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!
> It was PVM that enabled true message passing parallel code to be
> written that made a pile of machines (be they Alphas, simple PCs, Sun
I'm not disagreeing, but wonder why PVM is basically extinct now.
that is, why was MPI considered an improvement/replacement?
> MS knifed IBM over OS/2 (which was a decently designed OS that might
> have given Unix a real run for its money) and hence lost out on all
I worked on OS/2, and it was no peach on the inside, so to speak ;) it's
hard to speculate about what-ifs on a system which had barely shaken off
its initial hw target (12 MHz 286!) by the time it was dropped.
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