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