[Beowulf] What is a "proper" machine count for a cluster
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Wed Mar 14 16:37:45 PDT 2007
> I want to initiate a project involving a beowulf cluster. I have two
> engineers who are VERY interested.
what kinds of things do they do?
> Anyway. I was wondering what would be a "decent" amount of equipment to
> start off and the preferred linux if any.
I've run full-scale cluster environments on my laptop ;)
I think I would not bother to set up anything less than 4-ish nodes.
> I was thinking 4 pentiums with dual gig processors. Ram would be a gig or
you probably don't mean pentiums (P5, followon from the P4, _soo_ fin de siecle)
I find that 2GB/core covers most parallel apps. 1G/core is a bit tight,
though there are a substantial number of serial apps (or embarassingly
parallel) at a measly 5-50 MB.
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