[Beowulf] What's the category of Beowulf among Clusters?

Toon Moene toon at moene.org
Mon Dec 29 13:48:22 EST 2008


Robert G. Brown wrote:

> On Fri, 19 Dec 2008, Mark Hahn wrote:
> 
>>> what's the category of Beowulf like clusters?
>>
>> beowulf is compute clustering using mostly commodity hardware and 
>> mostly open-source software.
> 
> And if you want to be really picky, it should be an architecture that
> "looks like a supercomputer"

"looks like a supercomputer" ?

Funny.

The last time I made a 4-CPU, 64-bit vector machine with 512 MWords of 
memory ready for operations (that description now fits the home machine 
sitting 3 feet from the tip of my nose), I had a Cray engineer on site 
to guide me through the process.

"Supercomputer" - hah, humbug.

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