[Beowulf] Confused over the term cluster

Jess Cannata jac67 at georgetown.edu
Thu Mar 27 19:47:35 PDT 2008

I would call a cluster with 32 nodes and 8 cores in each node a 32 node, 
256 CPU cluster.


Kalpana Kanthasamy wrote:
> Hi,
> I am kinda confused with term cluster and now am sure if this where I can
> post my question. What exactly can be defined as a cluster ?, We have a 32
> node cluster in our lab. and the number 32 here is referred to 32 separate
> machines ( each with its own processor ). What about the new machines
> like,
> dual core processors or the quad core processors, are those considered
> clusters also. For example, should we refer to a quad core processor as a
> cluster of 4 processors. Hope someone out there could explain. Thanks
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