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

Charlie Peck charliep at cs.earlham.edu
Fri Sep 17 13:39:08 EDT 2010

On Sep 17, 2010, at 12:52 PM, lsi wrote:

> But what of homegrown systems that cannot be taken to work, or made 
> part of a commercial product, that were just made because it could be 
> done?

The Maker community has a lot to say on this point, probably way better than I can, http://makerfaire.com/

> And I did get some ideas, but the general response seems to be "apart 
> from R&D, unless you're a mathematician or scientist, not much"... I 
> think this is why it needs the institutional environment - because it 
> needs at least two skillsets to be useful.  One to build the box and 
> another one to build the apps.  And probably another skillset again 
> to use the apps, interpret the output etc.

Most backyard rocketeers aren't going to Mars either, but they learn a lot in the process of getting a small payload a couple of meters off the ground.

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