Beowulf: A theorical approach
david.lombard at mscsoftware.com
Thu Jun 22 08:15:50 PDT 2000
"Walter B. Ligon III" wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I'm doing my final year project and I'm writting about the Beowulf project
> > an the Beowulf clusters.
> > I've been reading several documents about the beowulf clusters, but I would
> > like to ask all of you some questions about them.
> > As I've seen the main objective behind any Beowulf cluster is the
> > price/performance tag, specially when compared to supercomputers. But as
> > network hardware and commodity systems are becoming faster and faster
> > (getting closer to GHz and Gigabit speeds), could you think on competting
> > directly with supercomputers?
> If it becomes possible to compete with a "supercomputer" in all applications
> using COTS HW that would be great! I don't see that in the near future, but
> we may get there eventually. Depends on how much Beowulf cuts into the
> development of "supercomputers."
It's already happened. A current cluster composed of Intel,
Intel-compatible, or Alpha hardware can certainly provide absolute
performance advantages over current supercomputer offerings for some
problems. I don't just mean useless demonstration problems, but
real-life industrial applications. Remember, I said some, not all --
but the classes of suitable problems and programs are growing.
As for price-performance, well there's nothing much to say...
David N. Lombard
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