[Beowulf] About Beowulf in general

Glen Gardner Glen.Gardner at verizon.net
Sat Jul 24 09:17:20 PDT 2004

My understanding is that Beowulf was originally the name of a small 486 
cluster, and then became the name of the project, so the name of the 
cluster was then changed to Wiglaf in order to avoid confusing the 
machines with the Beowulf concept.

It is worth noting that one definition of the word "Beowulf" is; "a 
whisperer, a teller of tales". The name is quite appropriate for a 
computer which relys on the passing of messages for operation.


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?
>Thanks, and sorry if I've overlooked something,
>-Jack C
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Glen E. Gardner, Jr.


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