[Madlug] Beowulf cluster?

Orien Colmer murry537 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 13:43:26 CDT 2005

I understand your power consumption point, but this is recreational.
I'm not actually expecting to get any kind of enterprise usefulness
out of this, and I know that we won't have very much real horsepower
when it's all done. It's more just a learning experience.


On 9/16/05, Gherald <gherald at gmail.com> wrote:
> Clustering is not a trivial thing, and if you don't already know what you
> are going to do with it then chances are you'll be hard pressed to come up
> with a practical application.
>  You'd probably get more use out of e.g. a $50 Athlon XP 2500+ Processor
> than even ten 233mhz machines, and the power consumption would be much more
> favorable.
> Of course you need a motherboard, ram, etc... but hey, computers cost money
> and 333mhz machines just aren't worth the power it takes to run them
> anymore. Perhaps one or two would make a decent router/firewall/mp3 player;
> that's about all.
> On 9/16/05, Orien Colmer <murry537 at gmail.com> wrote: 
> > 
> > A friend of mine who doesn't know much about Linux, but has shown some
> > interest, approached me about the idea of making a cluster out of a 
> > pile of old boxes that we have taken out of production. They are all
> > ~233 or 333 mhz x86 boxes with 128 megs of ram.
> > 
> > I have no experience with clustering, and I would like to know of any
> > good resources and/or advice the LUG has for me. We have zero dollars 
> > to invest on the project so I'm hoping to do this on the cheap. I am
> > led to believe that Beowulf is the software of choice for this kind of
> > thing, is that correct or should I investigate other options? Is the
> > Beowulf software like a daemon that runs on all the boxes? If so, what
> > would be the best Linux distro to use? Does there happen to be a
> > version of knoppix that is designed for clustering? Also, once we
> > actually get it up and running...what do we DO with it?! 
> > 
> > --Orien
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