[Beowulf] A simple cluster

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 16:46:56 PDT 2008


Alcides,

I think a short answer is: get a switch, plug all the boxes (throught the
ethernet ports on the motherboards) to the switch, install Ubuntu and use
OpenMP.

Longer answers will be forthcoming, but I bet they will start with questions
about the specific  hardware you have, the budget, whether your applications
are latency or compute time dependent, how parallelizable it is, shared
memory model...

Peter

On 6/25/08, Alcides Simao <alsimao at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all!
>
> I am thinking of build a small cluster, fit for my calculations ( I am a
> spectroscopist, so I often do QM calculations in some molecules, which can
> be quite intensive for a singles machine)
>
> I was thinking of trying to build a cluster initially using 'scrap' pc's,
> just to get acquainted to the methodology and for testing purposes. I have
> some old crates lying around that I can use.
>
> I would like to know how can I assembly such equipment, and how to
> configurate it!
>
> Best,
>
> Alcides
>
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