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Re: How to build Debian Linux cluster?

On Mon, May 04, 1998 at 06:42:44PM -0400, Alexander Kushnirenko wrote:
> Hi,
>   I have a question about organising Debian Linux cluster for small physics 
> experiment.  Half a year ago we bought a PC and I am running Debian 2.0 on it. 
>  My colleagues who usually work on X-terminals noticed certain advantages of 
> PC compared to X-terminal and basically the idea is instead of buying extra 5 
> X-terminals to buy 5 PC.  I think I understand how to maintain single-computer 
> system, but I have very little experience with clusters.
>   So far they want PC just to be an X-terminal, but I beleive they will be 
> interested in it's computing power very soon.
>   Questions:
> 1. What is better: one powerfull central computer surrounded by many little 
> ones?  OR democratic society of equal computers?
> 2. Is it easy to "clone" debian systems?  How should one maintain it? 
> 3. What are the recommendations about hardware specific to clusters would you
> make?
> 4. Any useful resources on this matter?  (Basically how to approach the 
> problem).
> Thanks you,
> Sasha.


I am fairly new at Linux but I ran across this on the net and saved the
URL for later reference.  It is the Beowulf project that connects many
small Linux PCs into a parallel computing environment.


John C. Ellingboe

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