[Beowulf] Similar to a multi CPU machine?
jake at spiekerfamily.com
Mon Nov 14 05:46:42 PST 2005
I've heard of many of these(Scyld, OpenMosix, etc.) Since this is how it will
work, will I be able to use these 6 machines as a workstation? I understand
that the CPU power will be next to none, and I have read your book about
overhead, and feasability and so forth. Having not done the calculations, I
have a pretty good feeling that my computers will not meet the standards for
them to actually be useful. I'm a high school student, and would like a
multi-CPU machine to play w/, but I don't want to spend the money. Thanks
Numbers rule the Universe.
Carpe Aptenodytes(Seize the Penguins),
On Monday 14 November 2005 05:18 am, you wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Nov 2005, Jake Thebault-Spieker wrote:
> > Is there a way to make a cluster act like a dual(or triple, quad, etc.)
> > CPU machine? I'vee been looking at purchasing a dual PII machine, but
> > then realized that I have six 166Mhz machines sitting around doing
> > nothing. Does OpenMosix do this? Is there OpenMosix for 2.6.x? This will
> > be run on debian, if it works.
> Boy did YOU come to the right list.
> That is what this list is devoted to, as it has been for coming up on a
> decade now (hey Don, when IS the ten year list anniversary?:-)
> OpenMosix is one solution. Scyld is another. bproc (close kin to scyld)
> is a third. SGE (or other batch/queue managers) yet another. Even plain
> old linux and some job management scripts are more than adequate for a lot
> of tasks. Finally, if you are looking for "true parallel" operation (many
> CPUs working on a single task vs many CPUs working on many tasks) there are
> a whole lot of alternatives involving the distro of your choice with e.g.
> PVM or MPI or raw socket programming layered on top.
> Be careful -- some of these cost money, some of these require a custom
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