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Crossroads: The Texas Tech Tornado Cluster

Sep 29, 1999, 05:57 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Per Andersen)

"A Linux/MPI Cluster For Parallel Programming Education And Research."

"This article describes the implementation of the first Cluster of Workstations (COWS) at Texas Tech University using the Linux operating system and off-the-shelf personal computers and workstations [7]. The article describes the evolution of the Texas Tech Tornado Cluster (t3c) from its initial configuration to its current state as a research and educational tool in support of parallel process design and implementation..."

"One lesson that can be stated with confidence: never reject a 386 or better system. For teaching parallel programming it¹s more important t o first have numbers in terms of cluster nodes than speed (although speed should not be ignored). Without numbers, the opportunities to study and learn about the behavior of a multi-computer cluster diminishes..."

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