Some newbie questions

Roger L. Smith roger at ERC.MsState.Edu
Mon Jun 11 08:46:42 PDT 2001

On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Josip Loncaric wrote:

> "Clustering" is an old idea.  What distinguishes Beowulf clusters from
> other clusters is emphasis on commodity components.  In Beowulf
> clusters, mass market leverage is used to reduce the price of technical
> computing.

So, even by your definition, the answer to the question "Do I have to use
Linux?" doesn't explicitly have to be "yes", even if we are specifically
discussing Beowulf clusters.  This was the original question and answer
that provoked my response.

By your definition, a PC-cluster running NT would be a Beowulf, since NT
is pretty much a commodity item by any definition!

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