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

Douglas Eadline deadline at eadline.org
Thu Sep 16 16:25:13 EDT 2010


As a builder of some cheapo home clusters I would say that
software development (owning the reset switch is nice),
problem development (staging a small version of a problem
before you scale it up), and running real codes (most
HPC apps don't scale that well in any case).

Notice that it makes sense if you are in HPC
already, if you are not, you might be hard pressed
to find day-to-day uses for a cluster, though playing with
parallel cellular automata and genetic algorithms can
be fun.

BTW, my next home cluster is going to be
18 cores (AMD 2.6GHz) in a single PS and tower
case. Best cluster in the neighborhood!

Of course I'm still trying to build my HAL 9000
clone.

--
Doug



> 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
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> Elastic R Beowulf Cluster in a
> 	Briefcase
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>> http://antipastohw.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-to-make-beagleboard-elastic-r.html
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