[Beowulf] Alpha beowulf: True64 or Linux?

Michael Huntingdon hunting at ix.netcom.com
Fri Sep 28 01:58:53 EDT 2007


Seems to me, the first cluster we built was mid 1999 for LBNL, in 
prep for SC2000. Maddog didn't or couldn't talk much about Linux. 
Greg's hair was longer and he was far less politically correct. And 
everyone hated the absolute finest (Alpha) chip set available. To 
this day, it's hard to compare the Tru64 compilers with others, 
commercial or opensource.

~michael


At 07:31 PM 9/27/2007, Bruce Allen wrote:
>>I've heard of people making clusters out of Alphas running Linux 
>>before - can't remember where, but I did see someone had done it.
>
>Back in 1998 I built a 48-node DEC AXP cluster.  I think it was the 
>largest AXP cluster in operation for a few months, then a larger one 
>was built at one of the national labs.  Here are some details:
>
>http://www.lsc-group.phys.uwm.edu/beowulf/alpha/index.html
>
>My subequent clusters have all been x86 based -- some Intel and some AMD.
>
>Cheers,
>         Bruce
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