[Beowulf] Lustre Upgrades

Prentice Bisbal pbisbal at pppl.gov
Fri Jul 27 11:37:16 PDT 2018

'Top Secret Rosies" is a good documentary on the women computers of 


On 07/27/2018 09:06 AM, Lux, Jim (337K) wrote:
> 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.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutty_Sark
> 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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