[Beowulf] Confused over the term cluster

Alan Louis Scheinine ascheinine at tuffmail.us
Sat Mar 29 09:09:10 PDT 2008

I recommend giving two facts
number of nodes
number of cores

A node is a box of CPUs that share memory.
A core is, well, what everyone calls a core.
In my opinion, the most ambiguous term is the
number of CPU's because some people use the term CPU
to refer to the number of sockets and others use
the term to refer to the number of cores.

For a more fine-grained description you can
cite, in addition, the number of sockets and
the number of cores per socket.

best regards,

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