Some newbie questions

Douglas Eadline deadline at
Mon Jun 11 14:14:38 PDT 2001

On Fri, 8 Jun 2001, Roger L. Smith wrote:

> On Fri, 8 Jun 2001, Stephen Gaudet wrote:
> > Hello Tom,
> >
> > > -Can you hook up Macs and PC's in a beowulf?
> >
> > You can use Alpha's, AMD's and Intel's, but as far as I know no support for
> > Macs.
> >
> > > -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).
> We've been doing Sun clusters since the late '80s.  I've seen a Mac G4
> cluster running yellowdog Linux, and there are several significant
> NT-based clusters (the A3 at Cornell for example).
> I really find it amusing that most people on this list don't seem to think
> you can have a functioning cluster without Scyld.
Please do not speak for me or make conclusions about what I think.

Before we have another "What is a Beowulf" contest. I suggest all parties
read the definition put forth in the book by Sterling, Becker, Salmon, and

"A Beowulf is a collection of personal computers (PCs) interconnected by
widely available networking technology running any one of several
open-source Unix-like operating systems."

These guys invented the term, wrote the initial papers, the book, and have
provided the definition. Note: I did not say they invented cluster
based computing.

Argument is over.

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