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Old 09-21-2008, 07:12 AM   #1
Aleks`
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Few questions about building a beowulf cluster


Hi guys, pof the past two days I`ve been searching to expand my knoledge in Linux clustering so I cuccesefully buld a beowulf cluster. But, along the way I have few questions that I found to be purely anwsered or really confising for a total newbie in clustering like me.

1. I understand that the name Beowulf stands for the principle in aranging the hardware in a cluster. Correct me if I`m wrong

2. When I get the machines connected to each other, whats the next step? Installing the software, but what software will make the applications work in parralel ? I read about MPI and OpenMOSIX but, which one of them do I need to install on the machines or maybe both?

3. Are there any allready-written open source programs for modeling, calculation or making models in parralel and how do I install them>

Thanks in advance to whoever clears things up for me.
 
Old 09-23-2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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mine was openMosix on a few nodes with nfs/nis so /home and the users were the same on all the boxes. there is some software written especially for clusters like povray which will utilize your cluster to the fullest otherwise you can just run a lot more applications at once.
 
  


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