[Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!
James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Apr 2 10:36:18 PDT 2007
At 09:45 AM 4/2/2007, Erik Paulson wrote:
>On Mon, Apr 02, 2007 at 12:12:29PM -0400, Douglas Eadline wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > >
> > > Would any of you please like to share usage-experience/views/comments
> > > about Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 based Beowulf Clusters?
> > As a point of clarification, there is no such thing
> > as a "Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 based Beowulf Clusters"
> > This link may help:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf_cluster
>I don't know why everyone is so obsessed with saying "Your Beowulf must run
>an (F)OSS operating system to be a Beowulf."
>You can build a Beowulf out of Windows. God only knows why you'd want to, but
Perhaps because you have the boxes given to you? (e.g. Cornell)
Perhaps because you relish the thrill?
Perhaps because you have a huge investment in applications specific
software tailored to Windows that you want to use?
>Just to invent a little bit of evidence, Thomas Sterling edited a book
>called "Beowulf Cluster Computing with Windows"
>It was actually two books - a "Beowulf Cluster Computing with Linux" and a
>"Beowulf Cluster Computing with Windows". 75% of the text was the same. (We
>wrote a chapter in it - we used the same chapter, with latex macros \iflinux
>and \ifwinnt for whichever book was being built)
>The Linux book way outsold the Windows book, and so there was no second
>edition of the Windows book. My guess is that most everyone had the good
>sense to say "Windows as the base OS for my cluster? No thanks"
> > >
> > > What in your opinion is the future of such clusters?
> > >
> > > How you compare these with the LINUX CLUSTERS?
> > You will not find much information on this list as
> > it mainly focuses on Linux Beowulf style clusters.
>The parallel programming part of this list applies to Windows as
>much as it applies to Linux (or FreeBSD or Darwin or HURD)
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