From: Wynne, Conor (Conor.Wynne at domain compaq.com)
Date: Tue 14 Aug 2001 - 11:11:29 IST
Well well, all this movie speak is making me wan't to build a supercomputer
- albeit with two nodes :). Beowulf come to mind, and it looks mad
complicated to boot. From my understanding, its not that much different to
SMP systems. You have an NFS share, and high speed access between the two +
nodes. Ideally servernet but apparantly 100Mbit switched is fine. NASA have
a few pictures online, one has 200Mhz pentium MMX's - approx 500 of them all
connected over switched network. And one terminal to administer the cluster.
Each node then runs a chunk of DATA - a bit like setiathome and other
distributed computing models... blah blah blah...
Anyone ever built one? Just how hard was it to do? I had a look at the
how-to, and methinks a howto understand the beowulf how-to is needed...
(mind you it was a year ago that I looked)
I suppose one would have to run an SMP enabled application - quake3 come to
Any "understandable" guides out there?
Is mise le Meas,
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