Some newbie questions

Roger L. Smith roger at ERC.MsState.Edu
Mon Jun 11 06:51:07 PDT 2001

On Sat, 9 Jun 2001, Gerry Creager N5JXS wrote:

> > > > -Do i HAVE to use Linux
> > >
> > > Yes.
> >
> > I completely disagree.  Many people nowadays are using the term "beowulf"
> > to mean "cluster", and you can cluster pretty much anything with a network
> > card and an implementation of MPI (depending on what you're doing).
> Er.  Ah.  We've buirned this barn before.  We've decided that for the
> purposes of this list, "beowulfery" refers to using Linux on (generally)
> commodity computing platforms bound as a cluster.

My primary point here is that the clustering community shouldn't get so
caught up in dogma that they mislead self-proclaimed newbies as to the
options that are available to them.  I realize that this list is named
"beowulf", but it's in the best interest of those who are trying to
further beowulf clustering to further all clustering, and to keep in mind
that not everyone (especially newbies) particularly care about
philosophical holy wars.

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