[Beowulf] massive parallel processing application required

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Wed Jan 31 14:03:46 PST 2007

On Wed, 31 Jan 2007, Mitchell Wisidagamage wrote:

> Thank you very much for the fire dynamics idea. I will have a look at it.
> I did try to contact many e-science projects including some researchers at 
> Oxford. But I got no reply. Then I went to get some contacts from a tutor who 
> worked at a e-science project himself. He told me people, especially 
> scientists are "very jealous" of their data. And not replying is a kind way 
> of saying "no". And there's the problem of "who's this guy wanting my data", 
> "what will he do with it?".
> I have given up the e-science idea. Now looking for other real world 
> applications.

Remember, NASA puts all (or at least a lot) of its e.g. weather data
online.  And there are many things one can do with it.  Look for the
NOAA sites.  You can get sunspot data, proxy temperature data, and much
more, and build your very own climate model.  If you do, don't be
surprised if it fails to agree with the current one (due to be
re-released today, IIRC, from the IPCC).


> Thanks,
> Mitchell
> John Hearns wrote:
>> Mitchell Wisidagamage wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>>  As part of my dissertation, I'm looking for "raw data" which will be used 
>>> for massive parallel processing using Beuwulf cluster (with the use of PVM 
>>> or MPI). I tried looking for e-science raw data (and the computations 
>>> required on it) such as bioinformatics, fluid dynamics, etc. but without 
>>> any luck.
>>> Anyone has any idea of getting some raw data so I can give compute 
>>> intensive "work" to the nodes?
>> Mitchell,
>>   how about running the NIST Fire Dynamics simulation?
>> http://www.fire.nist.gov/fds/
>> It simulates the spread of smoke and fire in buildings.
>> There are some sample input models for download.
>> The Smokeview program visualizes the output, which will be a nice 
>> demonstration for your tutor.
>> But why not just go across to the Oxford E-science centre?
>> I know for sure they have one cluster there for handling large datasets!
>> Ask them for help in getting a suitable dataset for your project.
>> Drop me an email if I can give you any advice, you're in my neck of the 
>> woods.
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