[Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Apr 2 10:36:18 PDT 2007

At 09:45 AM 4/2/2007, Erik Paulson wrote:
>On Mon, Apr 02, 2007 at 12:12:29PM -0400, Douglas Eadline wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > >
> > > Would any of you please like to share usage-experience/views/comments
> > > about Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 based Beowulf Clusters?
> >
> > As a point of clarification, there is no such thing
> > as a "Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 based Beowulf Clusters"
> > This link may help:
> >
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf_cluster
> >
>I don't know why everyone is so obsessed with saying "Your Beowulf must run
>an (F)OSS operating system to be a Beowulf."
>You can build a Beowulf out of Windows. God only knows why you'd want to, but
>you can.

Perhaps because you have the boxes given to you? (e.g. Cornell)
Perhaps because you relish the thrill?
Perhaps because you have a huge investment in applications specific 
software tailored to Windows that you want to use?

>Just to invent a little bit of evidence, Thomas Sterling edited a book
>called "Beowulf Cluster Computing with Windows"
>It was actually two books - a "Beowulf Cluster Computing with Linux" and a
>"Beowulf Cluster Computing with Windows". 75% of the text was the same. (We
>wrote a chapter in it - we used the same chapter, with latex macros \iflinux
>and \ifwinnt for whichever book was being built)
>The Linux book way outsold the Windows book, and so there was no second
>edition of the Windows book. My guess is that most everyone had the good
>sense to say "Windows as the base OS for my cluster? No thanks"
> > >
> > > What in your opinion is the future of such clusters?
> > >
> > > How you compare these with the LINUX CLUSTERS?
> >
> > You will not find much information on this list as
> > it mainly focuses on Linux Beowulf style clusters.
> >
>The parallel programming part of this list applies to Windows as
>much as it applies to Linux (or FreeBSD or Darwin or HURD)

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