Simple Analyzing program

Andreas Boklund andreas at
Thu Oct 26 00:36:01 PDT 2000

The neatest program to run is PVMPOV (or some MPI version of Povray).
PvmPOV scales very nicely over a cluster and has a nice graphics. It
really shows just how fast it goes. Blow it up on a videocanon/projector
and it looks really kewl, esp if you choose a picture that takes a few
minutes to render on one machine and like 20 seconds on the entire


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On Wed, 25 Oct 2000 mogema at wrote:

> Hello,
>           I am 15 years old, in high school, and fascinated with
> beowulfs, yet know nothing about them except what they are and how they
> work. I have had no experience with beowulfs before, but have much
> experience with Linux and the networking techniques needed for such
> things as beowulfs. My networking knowledge comes from my CCNA I just
> recently received through the local community college. My Linux
> knowledge comes from the vast piles of Unix/Linux books spread across my
> desk, as well as years of tinkering and learning, and setting up several
> Linux shell and web server for the company I own/operate out of Austin,
> Texas, USA.
>           Recently, I decided to make a small 5 node cluster for my
> Science Fair project, and I am in need of alot of guidance. First off, I
> need some software that would need to do two simple things. 1) Be able
> to run across a Beowulf and on a single computer, and 2) Show the
> immense processing capabilities of Beowulf versus a single computer. If
> anyone is familiar with Seti at Home, or DNETC, I was thinking of a
> modified version of something along those lines, that, on the Beowulf,
> would run across the network and send its statistics to a proxy node,
> that would display the overall results of all the nodes combined. Then,
> for the "antagonist" part of the science fair project, run the same
> program on a single computer, to show how a Beowulf can improve
> performance, at a semi affordable rate, to applications as simple as web
> servers, to as big as database processing.
>           As of right now, I am still working on getting enough
> equipment for the project. I am soon going to be contacting companies
> such as Dell, Cisco, and 3Com, to see if they may have any student
> programs I could become involved with to somehow get the equipment
> through donations or through a lease / borrow of some sort. If anyone
> knows of any organization / company / person that may be able to
> financially help would be greatly appreciated, as well as any other
> comments or suggestions.
>           The applications I mentioned earlier, Seti and Dnetc, I just
> realized, in the context of how I envisioned it being set up, would not
> be true parallel processing, would it? Not all nodes are working
> together as one "supercomputer", instead they each operate on their own
> and tell a "master node" how they are coming along and that master node
> just takes all the statistics, adds them up, and makes it seems like one
> large multi-node computer. ... Or should I go get another Pepsi for more
> caffeine so I can actually understand what I just wrote..
>           Well, If anyone understands what I am trying to tackle at this
> young of an age, please speak up. I will need all the help I can get.
> Every teensy tiny bit of help will be appreciated.
>       Thanks!
>         Joseph Rafferty
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