<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.25in;">670 BNIL ATD: Adv. Technology & Design 5/24/06 <br> </div> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman";"><br> To whomever this may concern it is in the Beowulf project of the Rockport High School Advanced Technology and Design Class, where a special team of computer enthusiasts have encountered a steadfast blockade that prohibits the intuitively gifted group from continuing the important experience of an educational project. At the moment the team is in despair as to have only 4 boxes (computers/nodes) running on Linux Red Hat 8.0. Although these boxes are a triumphant when compared to the
unfortunate failure that our group has encountered. The setup for IP addresses has been completed and the boxes themselves are identical in all respects. The four boxes that I speak of are DELL Precision 220s, which contain the required specifications for building a super computer. Nine boxes is the correct amount of computers we had established as our goal. Other misc. hardware that we have installed into our project is 2 Belkin 4-ports, which enable us to efficiently switch from computer to computer, 9 CAT 5 Ethernet cables, and one Bay Networks hub. We have also had miniscule success in the area of communication; the command: ifconfig has allowed us to generate a positive establishment in the speculation of sanctioning “ping tests”.<span style=""> </span>What can you assess from our current situation? Is there a series of required steps that are in a complex and complicated form that need to be instituted within the production of the super computer?
Does Linux need to be propagated or properly formatted, with individual elements to fit the infrastructure and purpose of our cluster of computers? Please help us; it is imperative that we make a small amount of success before the end of school (June 16).</span><p>
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