[Beowulf] Lustre Upgrades

Lux, Jim (337K) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Jul 27 06:06:20 PDT 2018

William Henry Dana – “Two Years Before the Mast” – An excellent book describing what it was like to be a sailor in the days just before steam, there’s plenty of climbing the rigging in a sleet storm, while trying to round Cape Horn. – but when they got to California, the weather was a lot nicer.  Dana later went on to be a lawyer fighting for sailor’s rights.

Silicon valley wasn’t very developed when Dana was doing his shipboard duties, and there weren’t any disk drives at the time.

They *did*, however, have parallel cluster computing – rooms full of computers grinding out navigation tables.  And I suppose they were commodity computers, using commodity interconnects (of the day), so could they fairly be called a Beowulf.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/06/the-women-behind-the-jet-propulsion-laboratory/482847/ describes a 1953 version of the same.

From: Beowulf <beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org> on behalf of "beowulf at beowulf.org" <Beowulf at beowulf.org>
Reply-To: John Hearns <hearnsj at googlemail.com>
Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 at 1:03 AM
To: Jörg Saßmannshausen <sassy-work at sassy.formativ.net>
Cc: "beowulf at beowulf.org" <Beowulf at beowulf.org>
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Lustre Upgrades

Jörg,  then the days of the Tea Clipper Races should be revived. We have just the ship for it already. Powered by green energy, and built in Scotland of course.

Just fill her hold with hard drives and set sail. Aaar me hearties.
I can just see HPC types being made to climb the rigging in a gale...

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