[Beowulf] What's the category of Beowulf among Clusters?
eric.l.2046 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 20:10:34 PST 2008
> On 12/20/08 8:48 AM, "Eric Liang" <eric.l.2046 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> First of all, sorry for sending mails by the address:
>> start2046 at gmail.com. Just like the pgp signature says , I use that one=
>> in my country(yes,china).
>> Lux, James P wrote:
>>> On 12/20/08 6:41 AM, "Liang Yupeng" <start2046 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Lux, James P wrote:
>>>>> I've been looking over the Beowulf book by Seamus Heaney, and I can=
>>>>> any reference to clus
>>> in it, so maybe Wikipedia has been misled? Perhaps
>> the amzon said:
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> Interesting.. In any case, the book is a recent new translation of the =
> poem written around 1000 years ago. Much more readable, but also of no
> connection to beowulf (the cluster computing).
>> Maybe I've read the story on wiki and somebody have talk about why use=
>> the name(beowulf) in this list(IIRC). :-P
> You'd have to ask Don Becker about that. He chose the name when he buil=
> first one a few years ago. http://www.beowulf.org/ has a little histor=
OK,but the history is something additional, and what I've got on that is
enough (from you guys and websites) , so no need to bother him.
>>>> Maybe I didn't get you (sorry for that), it looks like that your
>>>> explanation on Beowulf not the category about it but the descriptio=
>>>> Thank you all the same.
>>> True enough.. But I'm not sure that developing a HPC taxonomy adds va=
>>> the process of doing the computation, or, more to the point, to selec=
>>> appropriate way to solve one's particular computational needs.
>> Yes, if I've decided use beowulf(or another one), but how can I make t=
>> decision if I couldn't tell the differences of the cluster softwares?
> Oh.. That's a bit more difficult. And, you're right, the Wikipedia entr=
> isn't necessarily the best way to go about it. Asking here on the list=
> probably a better way. If you describe your problem, then folks will mo=
> likely respond with their opinions of what sort of computational
> architecture is well suited. Opinions WILL differ, but I think everyon=
> here will justify their opinion (some at more length than others) and y=
> can use that to see if it's applicable to your particular problem.
>> Hmm, I didn't mean that. I put the question here just because the wiki=
>> explanations have puzzled me, and IMO, this mailling list is a
>> appropriately place where most fellows should have the related
> You've got that right. This *is* the place to ask.
>> For me, if I am *interested* in one software, I'll learn more
>> and more details about it and compare it to the others, not just use
>> it.If I have offended you,I ask your pardon.
>> Many thanks for your reply and the books.
> Gosh.. No offense at all.=20
Just in case, for those rustic words because of my unskilled English :-[
> But you should be aware that "beowulf" is a fairly
> generic description of a general approach to computing, so there's no
> "Beowulf software" in the sense of a particular installable program or =
> of programs or a Linux distro.
Hmm, maybe the word "project" is more appropriate.
> Check out Robert G. Brown's book online.. (there's a link on the
> http://www.beowulf.org/ site, if you can't find it elsewhere)
Got that link from his signature several days ago, it looks like that I
should read the book <//Engineering a Beowulf-Style Compute Cluster/
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