[Beowulf] NSLU2 as part of a low end cluster

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Mar 23 09:27:06 EDT 2007


At 05:13 AM 3/23/2007, Ashley Pittman wrote:
>On Tue, 2007-03-20 at 10:50 +1100, Chris Samuel wrote:
> > On Sat, 10 Mar 2007, Geoff Jacobs wrote:
> >
> > > Looks like people are seeing speeds of roughly 5MB/s up and 3MB/s down
> > > with NFS. FTP is faster.
> >
> > I wonder if that can be improved if you replace the firmware with another
> > Linux distro ?
>
>I was wondering about this, it's got two USB2 ports and 100Mbit
>Ethernet, presumably you could add another USB nic and use channel
>bonding however at some point you are going to be limited by the fact
>it's a 400MHhz device with 32Mb ram.



>It would make a interesting toy cluster, the constraints would certainly
>sharpen the mind.

I never even thought of that approach.  Use the slugs as <$100 nodes 
in a toy cluster.



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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