[Beowulf] How to make a BeagleBoard Elastic R Beowulf Cluster in a Briefcase

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Thu Sep 16 13:21:46 EDT 2010


Stuart,

There are two inter-related but distinguishable issues here; why build a
system at home? and what can you do with a (HPC) system at home? I'm going
to take you literally and just address the 2nd question.

"Home Hacking" can be used by Home Science or Home Mathematics. Examples of
research projects that are organized by professional researchers, but can be
joined by anyone with a home computer who wishes to contribute whatever idle
CPU time he's got, is at this list:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distributed_computing_projects

The most familiar one nowadays is "Folding at Home" but there were
mathematicians doing arithmetic algebraic geometry this way in the early
90's.

If you like building computers but don't have any use for them, send them to
me :-)

Peter (Ersatz home computational mathematician)

On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 11:52 AM, lsi <stuart at cyberdelix.net> wrote:

> Cute, but my question is, what use is one of these homegrown
> platforms?
>
> Certainly if it was commercialised that would be a beasty compute
> appliance... but that's not my question - I'm asking, what is the
> role of the home hacker in the HPC world?
>
> I mean, it's fine to go and make one of these things, but once you've
> made it, what do you use it for?
>
> I ask as I presently have a "grid engine in a briefcase" sitting idle
> in my cupboard, fun to make but as I have no datasets to crunch, it's
> not even particularly good-looking eye candy!
>
> I joined this list to get the answer to this question...
>
> Stu
>
> On 15 Sep 2010 at 11:05, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>
> Date sent:              Wed, 15 Sep 2010 11:05:44 +0200
> From:                   Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org>
> To:                     Beowulf at beowulf.org
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