Lo! we have heard about the might of the Spear-Danes'
kings in the early days...
- Saga about the hero Beowulf written in Old English about
- Plot: Beowulf frees the Danish town Heorot from the monster
- Only surviving copy is from 1000 A.D., stored in the British
- 1993: Goddard Space Flight Center starts "Beowulf"
project for a super-computer based on commercial PCs
- Beowulf Clusters will free science from the monstrous costs
of dedicated supercomputers
- 1994: First Beowulf cluster Wiglaf (Beowulf's best
comrade) at GSFC (16 Intel 80486)
- 1995: Second Beowulf cluster Hrothgar (King of Heorot)
at GSFC (16 Intel Pentium)
- Customary to name a Beowulf cluster after characters in
the saga (not always observed)
- The Beowulf Project now hosted by Scyld Computing Corporation,
- Today Beowulf clusters are common
- Examples for large one: Centurion at Univ. of Virginia
(128 Alphas + 256 Pentium II) or Asgard at ETH Zürich (388 Pentium
III) or ALICE (128 Pentium (?) at Ameslab, Ames)
- Oslaf is a Danish warrior briefly mentioned in the saga
- October 2000: ISU Gamma Astronomy Group receives oslaf.physics.iastate.edu