[Beowulf] Is Beowulf a standard?
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Wed Mar 14 16:09:08 PDT 2007
> As as a newbie I have a question, "Is Beowulf a clustering standard?" if yes
I would call it a defacto standard, but I'm fairly liberal ;)
> "What makes Beowulf a standard"
> As I read about Beowulf, it appeared to me as a method for starting Linux
> clustering, but some people call it a standard, I couldn't understand that
> what makes Beowulf a standard, so your help is appreciated
strictly, "standard" means a unitary rule to which everything conforms,
or else is sub-standard and defective. I don't think many people would
talk clusters that deviate from the "beowulf norm" as defective.
in fact, I'm not sure there really even is a beowulf norm -
as they say, I know it when I see it. for instance, using cheap,
whitebox commodity parts is more beowulfish than using high-end servers.
HA clusters are less beowulfish. a cluster with some sort of gold-plated
components (quadrics, FC san, 24" LCD on each node) would be less beowulfish.
I think it would be fair to say that beowulf is a collection of techniques
to harnessing many commodity computers towards a somewhat unified
or consistent purpose.
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