value of the Beowulf cluster market

Paul Schenker pesch at
Thu Jun 27 01:33:24 PDT 2002

Luc, that's not quite how I meant it! I believe the cluster market is becoming more mature and, increasingly,
"standardized" commercial cluster oriented software is becoming available, including the "one or two specific
pieces of software" you mention yourself.

Another question to be asked in this context is: what's the growth rate for cluster specific software.


Luc Vereecken wrote:

> At 04:00 AM 6/26/02 -0400, Paul Schenker wrote:
> >The genius concept of the Beowulf Cluster currently implies standard
> hardware - therefore it makes sense only to
> >count the Beowulf Cluster software for now.
> As in: "You can't build a Beowulf without official Beowulf Cluster
> Software" ? I think there are a lot of clusters around that don't have
> prepackaged cluster software on them, especially the smaller ones. Don't
> forget that many clusters are build to help the calculations with just one
> or two specific pieces of software, and one might prefer to avoid the
> additional effort of learning new cluster software just to install 8
> identical computers once and run the software on it.
> Luc
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