[Beowulf] Computer on a stick

Douglas Eadline deadline at eadline.org
Wed Feb 29 05:52:42 PST 2012


FYI

There is a very good article in Linux magazine written by
Tom Sterling in 2003 that provides a first person history
(I have used it to stamp out more than a few urban legends)

http://www.linux-mag.com/id/1378/

--
Doug

> And from a simple statement in that paper:
> "It is clear from these results that higher bandwidth networks are
> required"
>
> Did an entire industry spring..
>
>
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> Behalf Of Christopher Samuel
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> On 29/02/12 02:36, Hearns, John wrote:
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>> What was the spec of the original Beowulf project nodes?
>
> Their paper says:
>
> http://egscbeowulf.er.usgs.gov/geninfo/Beowulf-ICPP95.pdf
>
> # The Beowulf prototype employs 100 MHz Intel DX4 microprocessors # and a
> 500 MByte disk drive per processor.
> [...]
> # The DX4 delivers greater computational power than other members # of the
> 486 family not only from its higher clock speed, but also # from its 16
> KByte primary cache (twice the size of other 486 # primary caches) 6].
> Each motherboard also contains a 256 KByte # secondary cache.
>
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