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EurekAlert: Beowulf clusters can often be a faster cheaper option

Jan 12, 2000, 16:07 (0 Talkback[s])

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"A Penn State engineering professor says low-cost personal computers linked to form systems with supercomputer-like capabilities - popularly known as Beowulf clusters - can be a faster, cheaper alternative for many chemists, physicists, aeronautical engineers, electrical engineers and others who now have to wait to use machines at national supercomputer centers."

"Dr. Lyle Long, professor of aerospace engineering, says, "Lots of people who are using supercomputer centers are running only 16 processors at a time. They may find it more convenient to use these kinds of clusters and to leave the supercomputers to those who need 200 or more processors."

"There are some very important scientific questions in surface chemistry, supercritical fluids, quantum Monte Carlo, chemical kinetics and aeroacoustics that can be tackled using relatively small-scale molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, integral methods, or finite differences codes," he adds."

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