Beowulf Clusters

Beowulf Cluster
=
collection of PCs (nodes)
+ off-the-shelf networking
+ open-source OS
+ management software
(
+ software tools for
process intercom)

Nodes: mostly (Dual-)Pentium or Alpha based computers

Networking: mostly Fast Ethernet, some SCI (Scalable Coherent Interconnect), some Gigabit Ethernet

OS: mostly Linux

Management: Oscar, many homegrown things...

Intercom: C3 (Cluster Command Control), MPI (Message Passing Interface), PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine), PBS (Portable Batch System)

Topologies: e.g. Star, Ring-Star, Hypercube-Star

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Revision date: 07-Jul-2003