[Beowulf] Re: how to build a small Beowulf cluster / No hubs?
tbole1 at umbc.edu
Mon Aug 1 13:22:31 PDT 2005
Depending on the age of your pile of PCs, you may want to consider a
gigbit network. You can get switches and cards pretty cheaply these days
Also, to minimize headaches you may want to have exact duplicates of the
OS installed across the board.
check out Robert G. Brown's beowulf page at Duke University.
On Mon, 1 Aug 2005, Ed Karns wrote:
> Mr. Mark Hahn is correct. No Hubs ! ... unless of course you are
> rummaging around in the back room looking for useful parts to get a
> simple cluster up and running. Yes, by all means use switches (and/or
> routers) as Ethernet hubs are a "legacy technology".
> Ed Karns
> > Message: 4
> > Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 13:27:30 -0400 (EDT)
> > From: Mark Hahn <hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca>
> > Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Re: how to build a small Beowulf cluster / atl.
> > suggestion & history lesson
> >> straight forward Ethernet topography of two or more systems and an
> >> active Ethernet hub would be a little easier ...
> > please, no hubs! if you're doing a zero-budget cluster, OK, maybe,
> > but recognize that a $16 desktop switch is going to behave a lot nicer
> > than a hub...
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Timothy W. Bole
Department of Physics
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