[Beowulf] Information Reseach Lab

Michael Will mwill at penguincomputing.com
Fri Feb 4 10:36:51 PST 2005

It depends on the GIS software used. There was some work
to mpi-enable GRASS modules a while back, no idea where it
went. Here is something about a parallel version of s.surf.rst:


And of course if you program against the GIS api's you
might be able to take advantage of a cluster as well.

There is a paper that mentiones they used MPI for paralelizing
their GIS/EM4 software on http://www.colorado.edu/research/cires/banff/pubpapers/104/

On Monday 31 January 2005 11:48 pm, Ben Vanhaeren wrote:
> On Monday 31 January 2005 11:46, Ziad Shaaban wrote:
> > Dear All,
> >
> > I am planning to have an information lab in our faculty built of: Dell,
> > Linux, Oracle and GIS.
> >
> > Can I use Beowulf to analyze GIS Data and display them on the web using
> > ArcIMS, all three vendors said yes, but can I use Beowulf?
> >
> I think you should read the Beowulf FAQ: 
> http://www.beowulf.org/overview/faq.html#1
> Beowulf is a concept not a piece of software.
> I don't think you are going to need a beowulf cluster for the kind of 
> application you want to run (analyzing GIS data). If you want to guarantee 
> availability of your GIS data or do loadbalancing (distribute the load to 
> several servers) you should take a look at linux HA project:
> http://www.linux-ha.org/
> Apache loadbalancing with mod_backhand:
> http://www.backhand.org/ApacheCon2001/US/backhand_course_notes.pdf
> and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC).

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