[Beowulf] First cluster in 20 years - questions about today

Mark Kosmowski mark.kosmowski at gmail.com
Sun Feb 2 18:41:04 PST 2020

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> Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2020 21:08:30 +0000
> From: "Lux, Jim (US 337K)" <james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov>
> To: "beowulf at beowulf.org" <beowulf at beowulf.org>
> Subject: Re: [Beowulf] [EXTERNAL] Re: First cluster in 20 years -
>         questions about today
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> How old is the old cluster?  You might actually spend more time trying to
> get the nodes all working than you’d save by having them as a compute
> element.  I’ve looked at piles of computers in my garage and thought “hey,
> I should cluster them” and then, I realize that the discount laptop I can
> buy for a few hundred bucks will blow the combination away.
> So, unless you’re “learning how to build a cluster”, I wouldn’t think
> that’s the way to go.  And for the “how to bring up a cluster tinkering”, a
> batch of rPi or beagles and a cheap switch is probably cheaper and more
> reflective of modern distros.
> OTOH, if your three old nodes are a year old, then have at it.

The old cluster is about 15 years old.  Dual cpu socket 940 Opteron.  It is
what I currently have.

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