I've got 8 linux boxes, what now
majewski at cs.ubc.ca
Thu Dec 6 16:40:43 PST 2001
Thanks for the response.
We're a computer science department investigating, very tentatively,
the possibility of installing a linux cluster as our next
general-purpose compute server. To date we've been using things like
expensive multiprocessor SUN machines.
So, we will not be recompiling anything to run on this cluster. Even
if we are unable to convince separate threads of a process to run on separate
processors, that's fine. And even if we are unable to convince
separate processes owned by the same user to run on separate
processors, that's fine too. If the only thing we are able to achieve
is to different users on different processors, that would already be a
What is the relationship between Mosix and Beowulf?
Is Mosix an alternative to Beowulf? Something that runs on top of
Beowulf? The other way around? Are they completely separate things
that address completely separate issues? Does either or both fall
under the category of "server farms"?
Napolean Solo <jmlinley at ix.netcom.com> writes:
> On Wednesday 05 December 2001 17:17, Chris Majewski wrote:
> > Hi
> > I've 8 linux boxes, Pentium II 200-400 MHz, with one 100Mbps ethernet
> > each and (hopefully, soon to come) a 100Mbps switch. And some ethernet
> > cable. I don't remember how much RAM is in the boxes, so let's say
> > 64MB each. My budget is zero dollars. Can I build a general-purpose compute
> > server out of this? Is it worth my while? For example, will it be
> > "faster" than, say, a 1GHz PIII? Assume nothing about the types of
> > applications people will run, because we don't know. Yes, I have read the
> > FAQ.
> I'm not sure what it is you're trying to build. A general purpose computer
> server might best be created using Mosix.
> Have a look at www.mosix.org.
> As you have the equipment, building a cluster is a great way to gain
> experience, and the components can be given to the local schools when you
> move on or upgrade.
> Yours /etc
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