[Beowulf] Clusters & HPC at ISEF

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Tue May 14 16:45:03 PDT 2013

ISEF = International Science and Engineering Fair – lots of really bright high school students..

A few projects looking at interconnect topologies (comparing a novel strategy for generating hierarchical interconnects against mesh/toroid/etc.)
A few projects where they ported something onto some graphics card as an accelerator.

A fair number (a dozen?) which used a cluster to do something computationally intensive. Some of the clusters were pretty small (e.g. 8 nodes) so a good example of making do with what is cheap and available.

10-15 years ago, I doubt there were any projects that were Beowulf related (except perhaps something analyzing the book or linguistics)

So, Beowulfs are definitely mainstream, if they're being used as a "utility" by talented high school students.

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