[Beowulf] Grants for Beowulf Clusters

Bill Harman billharman at comcast.net
Mon Mar 14 12:47:34 PST 2005

You can always try the Oak Ridge National Lab approach - The Stone
SouperComputer - their original Beowulf cluster, which is no longer in
operation, but was made up of used and discarded PC's.

Go around to different department in the University of to local business and
ask for their used equipment, how knows, maybe you can build a 64-node note
heterogeneous cluster, with the right price.

Bill Harman,
Salt Lake City office
P - (801) 572-9252  F - (801) 571-4927
wharman at prism.net
billharman at comcast.net
skype: harman8015729252

-----Original Message-----
From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On
Behalf Of Timo Mechler
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2005 8:20 PM
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: [Beowulf] Grants for Beowulf Clusters

Hi all,

I'm wondering what kind of success rate people are having with obtaining
grants for Beowulf type Linux Clusters (for example, from the National
Science Foundation).  Let me give you a little bit more info as to why I'm
asking this:  I'm a junior undergraduate at a small liberal arts college in
Iowa (~2600 students), and have solely been pursuing Beowulf clusters for
well over a year now.  I believe strongly that even though that my school is
small, several departments on campus could benefit from the use of a beowulf
cluster in the research that does go on.  I've been using older, slower
machines as a proof of concept for now.  Ideally, we would want a faster
beowulf system eventually that offers significant improvements over anything
desktop pc's have to offer nowadays.  Being that money is an issue at
smaller schools, is there any I could obtain a grant for a beowulf cluster?
If so, besides the NSF, what would be some other sources to apply to?  Since
some of you guys on this come from big companies or Univesities, I would
appreciate any insight and suggestions you can give me.  All input is
appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

Best Regards,

-Timo Mechler

Timo R. Mechler
mechti01 at luther.edu

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