[Beowulf] About Beowulf in general

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Sat Jul 24 06:00:30 PDT 2004

On Thu, 22 Jul 2004, Jack C wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have been using linux for a while, and decided it quite time to check out
> beowulf. So I've read the FAQ, and ALL of the sites therein. I havent
> comprehended it all completely yet, but it seems to me that beowulf is simply
> a name for a certain configuration of a bunch of different packages. Is that
> correct? In all of the setups and how-to's, they talk about networking, nfs,
> pvm, things like that, and I don't recal a "beowulf source" or package. So,
> my question is, why does this particular configuration have such a nice name?

A human and a flatworm are both just certain configurations of a bunch
of different genes, right?  So why does one spout poetry and the other
wiggle through the ooze?

As far as the name goes, Becker et. al. are poetically literate (having
the more complex arrangement of those simple genes).


> Thanks, and sorry if I've overlooked something,
> -Jack C
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