Building a beowulf with old computers

Ranjit Chagar ranjit.chagar at
Mon Mar 17 12:40:45 PST 2003


I build one using six P133 with 1Gb hard disks and 32Mb RAM in each one. I
did use a slightly better host node (a Celleron P400 with 64Mb of RAM). It
works, its not great but it did the job I wanted i.e. to teach me linux and
about building a beowulf. Full details at

Good luck, Ranjit

----- Original Message -----
From: "D. Scott" <ds10025 at>
To: "Greg Lindahl" <lindahl at>
Cc: "beowulf" <beowulf at>
Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2003 3:51 PM
Subject: Building a beowulf with old computers

> 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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