Beowulf Application Frameworks

Robert G. Brown rgb at
Sun Jan 6 05:21:10 PST 2002

On Sat, 5 Jan 2002, Owen Stampflee wrote:

> Hi All,
> I am new comer to the Beowulf world and am building a small 5 node 
> cluster using Macintosh LCIIs running NetBSD. The network consists of a 
> 10BASE-T shared-media. I dont expect much for performance but this is 
> just for fun.
> I am looking for some theory behind message passing and load balancing 
> and general Beowulf application framework information. I intend to 
> develop applications in C++ if that makes any difference.

There are various resources on, including
talks and an online book on cluster computing (that includes some theory
chapters).  There are also links to many other useful sites, especially
the primary beowulf website (, the beowulf underground
site, repositories (netlib), and an online book on parallel computing.

Finally, there are some excellent texts out there on parallel computing
itself, and of course the book "How to build a beowulf cluster" by the
builders of the original beowulf cluster.

I'm not exactly sure what you are looking for, but hopefully you'll find
some of the above useful.  If not, ask the list again with a bit more
detail -- that's why it's here;-)


Robert G. Brown	             
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