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LinuxPR: PileofPCs.Org, Dedicated To... Cluster-Based Supercomputing (Beowulf...) Begins... Today

Apr 17, 2000, 13:29 (0 Talkback[s])

"In an effort to address some of the barriers that are limiting the spread of Beowulf class cluster-based supercomputer, PileofPCs.Org has been created. It is dedicated to the proliferation of cluster-based supercomputing (i.e. Beowulf class computers) by creating, promoting and sponsoring the Open Source development of distributions, applications and tools comparable to those sold by traditional supercomputer vendors. All three of our initial projects are being hosted at Sourceforge.net."

""PileofPCs.Org hopes to hasten the day that clusters of cheap computers become more useful.. Our intention is to apply all the technology, resources and volunteers we can to help the growth of cluster-based high performance computing as fast as it possibly can. Furthermore, the PileofPCs.Org is imbedded and wedded to the Open-Source Philosophy and community," Dr. Terrence E. Brown, Founder/Executive Director."

"We are doing this in a number of ways. First, we are creating a new Linux distribution (and tools) that will allow anyone to easily create a general purpose supercomputer - a Vanilla Beowulf without being a linux programming expert. Second, given that a supercomputer is worthless unless it does something; therefore, perhaps more importantly, we are also, sponsoring the development of wide range of useful applications both parallel and parametric. Additionally, one of the biggest problem with deploying scalable production-class superclusters is the lack of mature and tested management tools comparable to what the traditional supercomputer vendors provide. PilesofPcs.Org aims to change this as well."

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