[Beowulf] Can Beowulf with Linux run all the desktop applications

Geoff Jacobs gdjacobs at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 19:04:30 PST 2009

Rajib Bandopadhyay wrote:
> Dear friends,
> Can Beowulf with Linux run all the desktop applications? Will they run
> faster?
> Regards,
> Rajib Bandopadhyay

All? No. A select few, yes! For example, Mathematica has a parallel
toolkit and most graphical rendering applications can distribute load.
Perhaps you're into airplane simulation? Flightgear can adequately
spread the responsibility for multiple display views and instrument
rendering across a small dedicated cluster. There are others.

You will note, however, that all of these applications have to be made
network aware in order to distribute across multiple machines.
Generally, the problem being tackled is of such size and value that the
extra effort is determined to be justified.

Geoffrey D. Jacobs

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