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Linux Magazine: The Future of HPC Clusters

Sep 28, 2005, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert G. Brown)

"High-performance computing (HPC) using clusters has come a long, long way from its early days. Back then, a cluster was a network of disparate workstations, which often sat on people's desks, harnessed together into a Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) computation. Back then, nascent Beowulf clusters consisted of cheap tower PCs literally stacked up on shelves.

"Early on, cluster computing was only being done by a tiny handful of people--usually by computer scientists who were working on building the future or by people who were doing real science (with computers) who needed the future a bit before the future was ready for them..."

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