[Beowulf] Can Beowulf with Linux run all the desktop applications

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Tue Feb 24 11:15:54 EST 2009


On 24 Feb 2009, at 6:10 am, Rajib Bandopadhyay wrote:

> Dear friends,
> Can Beowulf with Linux run all the desktop applications? Will they run
> faster?

Beowulf is Linux, so yes, it can run them.  Will it be faster?  No.  
Virtually nothing in the desktop application space can handle parallel  
running, and the additional network overhead of having the  
applications running on a server and displaying to your local display  
will most likely actually make things feel slower.

Tim


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