[Beowulf] What is a "proper" machine count for a cluster
Robert G. Brown
rgb at phy.duke.edu
Thu Mar 15 07:34:40 EDT 2007
On Wed, 14 Mar 2007, Mathew Shember wrote:
> Hello all,
> A brand new noob entering this realm.
> I want to initiate a project involving a beowulf cluster. I have two
> engineers who are VERY interested.
> Anyway. I was wondering what would be a "decent" amount of equipment to
> start off and the preferred linux if any.
> I know the basic answer is "it depends" on the app.
> I am just wondering what is a reasonable amount of computers to allocate for
> playing around.
> I was thinking 4 pentiums with dual gig processors. Ram would be a gig or
That would be fine. I tend to recommend around 8 processors to be able
to see elementary Amdahlian scaling for various trial/toy programs. You
can get by with as few as two to demonstrate the principles, but 8 is
> Thanks for reading this.
> Back to reading the links.....
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