beowulf in space

astroguy at astroguy at
Sun Apr 20 13:05:31 EDT 2003

PS. I'm not sure if this got out as I been getting out cause I've been fiddling with my pop and IMAP system settings...  forever tinkering.
But I have to agree this topic has spilled over into areas that this beowulfy seldom visits but if we are  going to fly the cluster into the hostile environment of space all these areas must be considered... the thermal as well as a combinations of electro static and magnetic shielding .... and sure, as Jim points out it is going to take money... but perhaps even more than money... Is the passion (in the 60's it was electric and contagious)...  the commitment and enthusiastic support of another generation will have to have their imaginations stirred as to the complexity and daunting challenge of the goals space exploration, research not just in terms of gold and treasure but in the blood, sweat, and as recent events again revisit the tears of it all.. As space exploration is forever to remain the most risky business... But it is also the most exciting and noble of all human adventures.

> From: chip <chip at>
> Date: 2003/04/18 Fri PM 01:17:47 EDT
> To: Dean Johnson <dtj at>
> CC: Beowulf at
> Subject: Re: beowulf in space
> Dean Johnson wrote:
> Howdy all,
> Is it just me, or does anybody else have the problem when reading the 
> "beowulf in space"
> subject line, you hear that echoey 60's sci-fi movie sound effect? Okay, 
> maybe I need some 
> sleep or something. ;-)
> 	-Dean
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> Hi Dean,
> No, I don't think its you... I've got that same sound coming thru my box 
> and I've had plenty of time to sleep on it.  But you would have actually 
> have had to live in the 1960's to understand what the sound was like.  A 
> flight to the moon was considered reckless not to mention impossible and 
> at the time considering the state of technology, it was certainly risky 
> business.  Flying a mission thru the Sun's outer atmosphere certainly 
> presses our technology to the extreme of theoretical limits... Not just 
> the processing power of the on board beowulfy type cluster processors 
> necessary for such a mission to succeed but the velocity that would 
> required is on the order of 10 times of what we have yet to achieve, but 
> theoretically possible based on a space tested Ion design.  The shielding 
> would have incorporate a combination of our most advanced composites and  
> not to mention the electrostatic field that would have to be generated to 
> protect the sensitive sensor array would perhaps come close to what Dr. 
> Brown half jokingly describes as a fusion engine... since it would 
> required an inverted plasma bubble... Yep I would say it is a purdy near 
> impossible mission... but not outside our theoretical limits... It's 
> enticing in its appeal... And in the same manner as the missions to the 
> moon in the 60's... It's got that mythic quality about it that tends to 
> capture the imagination... sends a chill of excitement in the 
> confrontation of overwhelming and impossible odds... From our not so 
> distant past it has a sound that is hauntingly  familiar... something the 
> thunder of the sound barrier perhaps booming from the past... It rings 
> history heroic... Its a great sound, I still love that sixties music :-)
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