Building a beowulf with old computers

Rocky McGaugh rocky at
Mon Mar 10 08:16:08 PST 2003

With such limited resources, i'd probably look at Debian. It would 
probably have a bit larger learning curve. It is a "small install; grow
as you need" type system.

I'll assume this is just for "fun". To get started, all you really need is
SSH, mpich, and maybe Ganglia for monitoring.

Rocky McGaugh
Atipa Technologies
rocky at
rmcgaugh at
1-785-841-9513 x3110
perl -e 'print unpack(u, ".=W=W+F%T:7\!A+F-O;0H`");'

On 9 Mar 2003, D. Scott wrote:

> Hi Beowulf experts
> I've got old computer that have 32MB RAM some with 1GB hard disk and 512MB 
> hard disk and some with 16MB RAM. How best to build a beowulf? I've looked 
> into OSCAR but that requires large about of disk & memory. SCE & SMA also 
> require min 256MB RAM. Have anyone built a beowulf with low spec PCs?
> Thanks in advance
> Dan

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