[Beowulf] HPC in Windows

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Oct 11 14:43:31 PDT 2004

On Mon, Oct 11, 2004 at 12:16:50PM -0500, Erik Paulson wrote:

> It's really time that gave up on trying to hold a strong definition
> to "beowulf". It's like kleenex or hacker/cracker. The world doesn't
> care. Clusters of x86 PCs doing "HPC" = beowulf

The term "Beowulf" is completely unknown outside of a small community.
> And on the Beowulf on Windows bit - 
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0262692759/qid=1097514164/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-7091285-1915902?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
> "Beowulf Cluster Computing with Windows (Scientific and Engineering Computation)
> by Thomas Sterling" - If Tom says that you can build a beowulf on 
> Windows, I think you can. 

Yeah, if your node licenses are subsidized, and you don't care for worst-case
message passing latency, and lack of tools, I guess you can...

Sorry, but you seem to subscribe to a very peculiar definition of COTS.

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