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10 Years of Beowulf Clustering

timothy posted about 10 years ago | from the tender-years-of-rampage dept.

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Quirk writes "Wired News has a blurb celebrating the 10th birthday of the Beowulf cluster. Attendees recalled the initial fear and loathing the Beowulf project had to overcome. The Beowulf project takes its name from an epic poem penned circa 1000 A.D."

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TRUTH (1)

Dikky (613893) | about 10 years ago | (#9911700)

The truth about John Kerry This is the truth about kerry! [digibase.ca]
Vote bush! Kerry is a faggot!

Re:TRUTH (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911938)

don't click on the link. dude, it's fucking 10pm. that link is supposed to be reserved for a person in a cubicle or maybe in a lab, so someone else will here it. YOU SUCK.

Strange... (5, Funny)

PapayaSF (721268) | about 10 years ago | (#9911704)

...it feels like I've been reading Beowulf cluster jokes on Slashdot for longer than that....

Re:Strange... (4, Funny)

Richard Dick Head (803293) | about 10 years ago | (#9911749)

I know what you mean...it actually seemed like a Beowulf cluster of 10th anniversaries.

Re:Strange... (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 10 years ago | (#9912042)

Especially when slashdot isn't even near 10 years old :)

It seems like a good time.., (2, Funny)

Omestes (471991) | about 10 years ago | (#9911705)

Imagine a beowolf cluster of x

Couldn't resist.

Next up the 10th aniversary of the
1. xxx
2. ?
3. PROFIT!

model of buisness.

You mean... (1)

Purple_Walrus (457070) | about 10 years ago | (#9911728)

...the South Park episode?

Re:You mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911793)

imagine a beowulf cluster of people with asses where their heads should be.

Re:You mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911834)

Really.

Re:It seems like a good time.., (2)

sinnfeiner1916 (793749) | about 10 years ago | (#9911807)

in soviet russia, the next aniversary is you! but i guess that aniversary is past (fall of soviet union)

Re:It seems like a good time.., (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911941)

model of buisness
Ah! The mis-spelling of common everyday words. Yet another /. tradition.

Re:It seems like a good time.., (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9912031)

"misspelling" is not hyphenated.

Don't be a spelling Nazi if you're going to misspell words in your own post.

Re:It seems like a good time.., (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911951)

Imagine a
Beowulf cluster of x

Couldn't resist.

Next up the 10th anniversary of the 1. xxx 2. ? 3. PROFIT!

model of business.

Glad to see the Slashdot tradition of spell-checker eschewal is still alive. May it live to see another ten years!

Re:It seems like a good time.., (1)

duguk (589689) | about 10 years ago | (#9911980)

Next up the 10th aniversary of the


1. xxx

2. ?

3. PROFIT!

model of buisness.


Thats December 16th 2008, people!

Lets start planning the party now!

Dug

Re:It seems like a good time.., (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9912002)

In Soviet Russia, my calendar just marked me! ;)

Re:It seems like a good time.., (1)

Veridium (752431) | about 10 years ago | (#9911991)

Don't you mean: 1. *DANCING* 2. ? 3. *HAPPY TIME*!

Oh Lord.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911707)

Might as well have posted "Hey, practice your cliche overuse in here!"

Mod parent up, for the good of slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911722)

Everyone's a comic.

I'm gonna get modded down for this, but... (3, Funny)

Quattro Vezina (714892) | about 10 years ago | (#9911712)

I, for one, welcome our new beowulf cluster overlords.

Re:I'm gonna get modded down for this, but... (3, Funny)

grolschie (610666) | about 10 years ago | (#9911820)

Yeah but does it run Linux?

Cliches all around (-1, Troll)

rppp01 (236599) | about 10 years ago | (#9911901)

"All your beowulf clusters are belong to us!"

- Brought to you by hot grits, Natalie Portman and that coffee machine that might run linux.

Re:I'm gonna get modded down for this, but... (-1, Troll)

MasonMcD (104041) | about 10 years ago | (#9911961)

-1. FRisT STEP!
0. Natalie Portman pours hot grits down my pants
1. I welcome our new Beowulf overlords
2. All your clusters are belong to us
3. In Soviet Russia, it distributes *YUO*
4. ???
5. Profit!

Imagine /. Without Beowulf (2, Interesting)

SEWilco (27983) | about 10 years ago | (#9911714)

In pointing out Beowulf clustering, I might have started the "Imagine a Beowulf cluster..." catchphrase.

I'm somewhat sorry.
Now go and cluster something.

Re:Imagine /. Without Beowulf (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9912039)

I don't know what was stupider, starting the cliche, or taking credit for it while logged in.

Finally!! (2, Insightful)

kb9vcr (127764) | about 10 years ago | (#9911716)

I was just thinking, we never talk about beowolf custers anymore!!

I wonder, can we beowolf custer a beowulf cluster?! ;)

Re:Finally!! (4, Interesting)

CoolGuySteve (264277) | about 10 years ago | (#9911822)

I wonder, can we beowolf custer a beowulf cluster?! ;)

You might be interested in grid computing, in which a group of academics with heads too big for their common good decide not to build one fucking huge computer in one place, but instead spend all their grant money on fiber transceivers and other equipment that can transfer at a few dozen GBit between far less powerful clusters. Whenever you see a grid built with modern equipment (rather than one that strings together a few older machines), it means the people involved at some level were playing politics so that they could 'me too' their department into owning a piece of it.

I once watched some of this process in motion, which helped to smack down a far more sensical and quite impressive machine proposal, and found the whole thing to be entirely retarded.

Re:Finally!! (-1, Offtopic)

aristotle-dude (626586) | about 10 years ago | (#9911962)

This article is mentions Beowulf clusters in the title. I hardly see how parent post is either offtopic or flamebait.

Thank goodness we have metamoderating on ./. Perhaps someone will catch the mods error.

Obligatory comment (-1, Redundant)

Joey Patterson (547891) | about 10 years ago | (#9911718)

Imagine a Beow-- *ducks*

Re:Obligatory comment (1)

sploo22 (748838) | about 10 years ago | (#9911730)

How about a Beowulf cluster of Beowulf-cluster-joke-making /. drones? We seem to have plenty of them lying around.

Oh wait...

Re:Obligatory comment (2, Funny)

Omestes (471991) | about 10 years ago | (#9911761)

imagine a beowulf cluster of bad /. beowulf cluster jokes...

Gr... I've already done one, I feel dirty...

Seriously though (and offtopic, but more intelligent), anyone ever noticed that only geeks have this bad penchant for inside jokes? BAD inside jokes. REALLY bad... etc... Why is this, are us geeks to preocupied to come up with new jokes? And the sad thing is that everyonce in awhile I still giggle at them, even if I can see the "In soviet russia, a beowulf clusters you (with hot grits and natalie portman!)" joke coming. WHY?!

I got out of my social/group psych class with a thesis on /.ers and MUDers, and still I'm as confused as ever.

Here's your BIG chance! (5, Funny)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | about 10 years ago | (#9911720)

Ah, finally, a story where all those 'imagine a Beowulf cluster of...' comments actually would be ON TOPIC! Naturally that means there won't be that many, other than comments such as this one that is commenting on such comments...a meta-comment about Beowulf clusters. Speaking of which, can you imagine a meta-cluster...oh never mind...

Re:Here's your BIG chance! (2, Funny)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | about 10 years ago | (#9911801)

Don't you mean "Can you imagine a beowulf cluster of meta-comments?"

Re:Here's your BIG chance! (0, Redundant)

Wild Bill TX (787533) | about 10 years ago | (#9911884)

Ah, finally, a story where all those 'imagine a Beowulf cluster of...' comments actually would be ON TOPIC!

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of those...

If I was going to post a LINUX STORY... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911727)

If I was going to post a Linux story, it would be about How linux is in violation of hundreds of patents, many of which belong to Microsoft. [forbes.com] . I wonder why Slashdot ignores this story? Is this not news for nerds? Are you not nerds?

Re:If I was going to post a LINUX STORY... (1)

sploo22 (748838) | about 10 years ago | (#9911735)

Do you not have eyes? [slashdot.org]

Re:If I was going to post a LINUX STORY... (1)

simcop2387 (703011) | about 10 years ago | (#9911743)

ok i know this is a troll but he's WRONG!

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/02/14 59211&tid=155&tid=106&tid=218 [slashdot.org]

it was on the front page on Monday August 2nd. at least when you troll make sure it wasn't actually on the front page?

Re:If I was going to post a LINUX STORY... (2, Funny)

templest (705025) | about 10 years ago | (#9911903)

Imagine all the beowulf clusters running linux out there, now imagine the beowulf cluster of lawyers you'd need to get all those shut down. No company could afford a small army of lawyers like that, that's suicidal, that's like... making a beowulf cluster of a million Apple RAID servers, good way to go bankrupt. :P

Imagine a beowulf cluster of all the computers of people that read slashdot everyday, damn, you could hack the planet with that thing in 0.832595 seconds.

It's not news.... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911779)

unless Microsoft plans to lay out a smackdown, which of course would invite an in kind reply from IBM.

Naturally, Microsoft would be evil in doing so. And since this is slashdot, that they aren't doing so is pretty nefarious too.

At Last (4, Funny)

Spencerian (465343) | about 10 years ago | (#9911731)

Imagine a Slashdot topic full of Beowulf clusters...

Re:At Last (4, Funny)

DarkBlackFox (643814) | about 10 years ago | (#9911875)

Imagine a Slashdot topic full of Beowulf cluster comments!

Re:At Last (4, Funny)

Spellbinder (615834) | about 10 years ago | (#9912003)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of moderators, modding those posts down

Re:At Last (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9912043)

It'd probably still return 503 errors...

In honor of this monumental occasion... (-1, Offtopic)

nazgul000 (545727) | about 10 years ago | (#9911737)

...let me be the first to suggest that the Slashdot community join me in constructing a beowulf cluster of beowulf clusters... to calculate Natalie Portman and Profit!!!

Imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911744)

my foot in your ass.

Cool (0)

joey.dale (796383) | about 10 years ago | (#9911745)

It is cool that a technoalagy 10 years ago, is still being used in things today. Lke the one NASA is getting

-Joey

Amazing. All that power at John Kerry's Fingertips (0, Troll)

(TK)Dessimat0r (668222) | about 10 years ago | (#9911752)

Just last week, I think it was. John Kerry himself showed the world his own private Beowulf cluster in his house. The photographers took plenty of pictures, and the cluster itself is fully merged into the walls of his house. I have no words to describe this magnificent feat of engineering. See it in action here [digibase.ca] .

Yeah, but... (3, Funny)

pyrrhonist (701154) | about 10 years ago | (#9911754)

Okay, now imagine a Beowulf cluster of Beowulf cluster anniversaries. Oh, man, I just blew my mind!

I wonder why... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911757)

I wonder why Slashdork never talks about groklaw anymore? Could it be because Groklaw is now Selling Linux Insurance [forbes.com] and telling people Linux violates hundreds of patents?

My, how alliances change quickly around here... Tell me, as a real sheep, who should I believe? thanks

Sad (2, Funny)

maelstrom (638) | about 10 years ago | (#9911758)

The blurb doesn't explain what a beowulf cluster is, but explains what the origin of the name is. Are slashdot readers that ignorant?

Re:Sad (3, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 10 years ago | (#9911865)

[shrug] Different standards for ignorance; most people would recognize the origin of the name*, but wouldn't have any idea what a B. cluster is. And by /. standards, that's igorance. I'm a believer in the "one culture," myself -- if you don't recognize either, there's a serious gap in your knowledge.

*I may be giving "most people" too much credit, of course.

Re:Sad (1)

JudgeFurious (455868) | about 10 years ago | (#9911870)

Of course not. We know what a beowulf cluster is.

But just imagine what you could do with a beowulf cluster of ignorant slashdot readers....

Re:Sad (1)

devilspgd (652955) | about 10 years ago | (#9912041)

But just imagine what you could do with a beowulf cluster of ignorant slashdot readers....

Nothing?

Re:Sad (4, Informative)

NotAJock (803669) | about 10 years ago | (#9911908)

Becuase of your low UID, I'm guessing that you aren't asking what a Beowulf cluster is - so you're right on the mark with your comment. So for those Slashdotters who don't actually know what a Beowulf cluster is, here's my blurb (feel free to add/subtract/etc - this is paraphrased from a longer piece I wrote some time ago):


Beowulf aims at minimizing computation time. One option for reducing the processing time of a program is to divide it into independent sub-tasks that can be processed by different CPUs. When the results of these sub-tasks are available, they can be returned to one of the processors for final processing. It is possible to use Ethernet transfers to extend this strategy across multiple computers. This is how Beowulf works: divide programs into many parts that are executed by many CPUs all of which transfer their data and instructions via Ethernet.

Imagine a.... (3, Funny)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | about 10 years ago | (#9911959)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of people telling you to RTFA!

Seriously though, the linked article goes into a lot of detail about what a beowulf cluster is.

I'll give it a shot... (0, Redundant)

MrNonchalant (767683) | about 10 years ago | (#9911794)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster...of Beowulf clusters.

reminds me of my first cluster project... (5, Interesting)

morcheeba (260908) | about 10 years ago | (#9911796)

In 1995, I put together an animation of a satellite [sstl.co.uk] my company was working on. I used POVray running on DOS, and wrote a little pair of programs that would hand off render-jobs to different computers. I used 16 computers (mostly P60's) lying around the office to render about 400 frames total. The whole job took about 35 hours of wall time, which was important because I had only three 1/2 days to tweak my small demo & make a final rendering.

I didn't know network programming, so all communication was through read/writing a few networked control files. One acted as a semaphore - if you had sucessfully written your computer ID to it, you could modify the main to-do-list file. One specialized computer was assigned the task of copying the finshed files onto my new 810MB laptop's hard drive; otherwise the file server didn't have enough space for all the .TGA files.

It was a fun project & I've got it included on my resume. Today it sounds kindof trivial, so I've had to explain that general-purpose clustering tools weren't available then. I guess Beouwulf beat me to it by a year (and a zillion-fold on capability), so I was wrong. Information travelled so much slower those days...

Re:reminds me of my first cluster project... (4, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 years ago | (#9911989)

I'm not sure when it was written, but DQS (the distributed queueing system) was around in 1996, and I don't believe it was especially new then. this document [216.239.41.104] alleges that the whole clustering thing began at NASA in 1994. Apparently FSU developed DQS [fsu.edu] starting in 1992 [fsu.edu] but I don't know when the first release was.

I used to work for a company called silicon engineering in scotts valley, ca - formerly sequoia semiconductor and last I heard they were part of creative labs called creative silicon or something. We used DQS to schedule jobs for IC simulation for testing.

Of course, DQS doesn't work on DOS, it's a Unix-type program. For anything that can be batched (like rendering frames in POVray) it can be amazingly slick and it takes relatively little configuration. It has a keen little program that watches when your system is idle and signals the queue master to feed it jobs, which is an X client. Using DQS and the berkeley automounter it was possible to easily submit jobs and not care where they ran, for instance we had the paths set up such that the same commands worked on SunOS4 and SunOS5 so verilog was always in the same place, et cetera.

DQS also has a parallel make utility, which I never used, because I hardly ever compiled anything. :)

Imagine (-1, Redundant)

penguinoid (724646) | about 10 years ago | (#9911800)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of "Imagine a Beowulf cluster..." jokes!

Re:Imagine (1)

SiMac (409541) | about 10 years ago | (#9911817)

I don't think we have to do no imagining anymore.

Re:Imagine (0, Redundant)

Saint Stephen (19450) | about 10 years ago | (#9911819)

Imagine a beowulf cluster imagining a beowulf cluster of beowulf cluster jokes!.

Re:Imagine (1)

penguinoid (724646) | about 10 years ago | (#9911872)

Someone had a sig about Grendel clusters being better than Beowulf clusters... If he is here, I would now like to tell him, "Yes, but imagine a Beowulf cluster of Grendel clusters"

in soviet russia... (1, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 10 years ago | (#9911810)

the cliche is the story!

Shouldn't that be: (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911867)

In Soviet Russia...
Beowulf clusters you!!

Beowulf - the name (5, Informative)

NotAJock (803669) | about 10 years ago | (#9911818)

Just because I'm an English (the language) geek, here's the lowdown on the name 'Beowulf':

The Beowulf poem is the oldest known epic in the Anglo-Saxon language (that's like, early english). It's about the life of a king of the "Geats" called Beowulf. It starts off as him as a young rash figher and follows through to his death after fighting a dragon.

Damn great story - there's probably loads of online texts (like this one? [everypoet.com] ). The only surviving manuscript (possibly the only one ever written) is in the British Library. You can go there and see it.

Re:Beowulf - the name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911995)

Shit! and i thought u were a plain ol geek with a british accent. now THAT would be cool

LO, praise of the prowess of moderators of troll.. (2, Funny)

j1m+5n0w (749199) | about 10 years ago | (#9911824)

LO, praise of the prowess of moderators of troll-armed Slashdotters, in days long sped, we have heard, and what honor the NASA reasearchers won!

Just think... (4, Funny)

Beek (10414) | about 10 years ago | (#9911831)

Once this article gets duped a few times, we'll have a Beowulf cluster of stories.

What's the biggest beowulf cluster? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911842)

Who has the biggest cluster?

Alternate Source for name "Beowulf" (4, Informative)

Nova Express (100383) | about 10 years ago | (#9911850)

I am given to understand that the name came not firsthand from the epic poem, but second-hand via Niven, Pournelle & Barnes' SF novel The Legacy of Hereot. In it were some big, nasty monsters they dubbed "grendels," which they then proceeded to wipe, only to find out that the adult form was what was keeping the numbers of the immature form under control, resulting in a massed attacked by thousands of "baby grendels." I remember reading that this was what inspired the Beowulf name in a FAQ several years ago. Anyone know if it's true?

a Beowulf cluster of Beowulf clusters redunancy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911866)

see subject

"Joke" posts (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911873)

That's it. Every one of you boneheads is now my enemy.

Ok...huh? (1)

buffy (8100) | about 10 years ago | (#9911880)

Quirk writes "Wired News has a blurb celebrating the 10th birthday of the Beowulf cluster. Attendees recalled the initial fear and loathing the Beowulf project had to overcome. The Beowulf project takes its name from an epic poem penned circa 1000 A.D."

Attendees of what, exactly? The blurb? I've never attended a blurb. Can you build a beowulf of them?? Sigh. -buf

Re:Ok...huh? (1)

Beolach (518512) | about 10 years ago | (#9911929)

The /. summary is just a summary. It makes more sense if you RTFA.
. . . attendees at a party held Wednesday night in San Francisco to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Beowulf and to unveil the newly redesigned Beowulf project website.

And 5 1/2 years of jokes (5, Interesting)

veg_all (22581) | about 10 years ago | (#9911888)

A quick and sloppy google suggests that this [slashdot.org] is the first "imagine a..." comment (bottom of the page), though it's possible that the joke predates google search capability since Beowolf clusters and slashdot are both older than google. Still, the fact that it's not used as a joke, and the fact that it got a 1 rating (while, inexplicably, all those repeat jokes get modded to the stratosphere these days) lends an air of authenticity to the claim, lacadasical though the research may be.

Re:And 5 1/2 years of jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911919)

Wow! I haven't seen anything by John Kozan in YEARS! I wonder what ever happened to that old fruit.

Beowulf (3, Informative)

Mahtan (794918) | about 10 years ago | (#9911889)

Beowulf was a poem Tolkien really liked. A lotta the Rohirrim are based off of it.

Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911900)

Imagine that.

Ok, well, that's nice BUT (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911910)

...does anyone even still USE these any more; what with the low cost of high-end software and developments in SMP technology; aren't clusters very much out of date?

Re:Ok, well, that's nice BUT (1, Troll)

System.out.println() (755533) | about 10 years ago | (#9912019)

...does anyone even still USE these any more?

Sure. The /. mods have to use Beowulf clusters in order to have enough power to mod all the Beowulf Cluster jokes down.

I tried... (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 10 years ago | (#9911912)

I tried to search out the first time someone said "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of ..." (actually I left out the of ... when I did the search). but I can only do 30 answers at a time, and since the information I want is going to be at the last page. I am not going to sit here and keep hitting next 30 until I get there. Sorry, I'm playing ZangbandTK, or Planescape: Torment. None, of the repetitious clicking for me.

hmm, haven't played Diablo 2 in awhile...

Imagine a... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911921)

Dog in a pizza parlor!

:-P

Someone might be able to answer this.... (1)

chris_eineke (634570) | about 10 years ago | (#9911927)

What do you call a Beowulf cluster of Beowulf clusters?

A metawulf? A beocluster? A metacluster? A metabeowulfcluster? Or something different?

(p.s. this is /not/ a troll...)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster ... in Japan (0, Troll)

Russ Nelson (33911) | about 10 years ago | (#9911931)

No apology.
-russ

oh my (-1, Troll)

ruiner13 (527499) | about 10 years ago | (#9911934)

Imagine a beowolf cluster of webservers with stories of beowolf clusters. It is almost too much!

Happy Birthday (1, Offtopic)

simontek2 (523795) | about 10 years ago | (#9911936)

Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday Beowolf Cluster!

epic versus clustering (4, Insightful)

danny (2658) | about 10 years ago | (#9911948)

The top result on a Google search for "beowulf" is about clustering, but 8 of the top 10 are about the epic. And I doubt there'll ever be nearly as many books and articles written about the clustering system as about the poem.

Danny.

Here Here! (1)

mboverload (657893) | about 10 years ago | (#9911952)

Heres to 10 years of stupid Beowulf Slashdot cliches!

The Year? (2, Informative)

swingerman (29475) | about 10 years ago | (#9911955)

"...name from an epic poem penned circa 1000 A.D."
That should be A.D. 1000. A.D. means "Anno Domini", Latin for "in the year of Our Lord", and should properly *precede* the year. B.C., on the other hand means "Before Christ" and properly *follows* the year.

Re:The Year? (0, Offtopic)

EnsilZah (575600) | about 10 years ago | (#9912015)

That reminds me of another epic poem penned circa A.D. 2101, apperantly about a war which was beginning... =o

IMAGINE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9911966)

imagine sucking my fucking balls

Damn... (-1, Offtopic)

bluesnowmonkey (148168) | about 10 years ago | (#9911977)

Where's Natalie Portman when you need her?

Re:Damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9912004)

Doubtless she's off cookin' up some grits.

Wow (4, Funny)

Pan T. Hose (707794) | about 10 years ago | (#9911978)

I just imagined it...

Where did it come from? (0, Offtopic)

Enaku (801081) | about 10 years ago | (#9911993)

Who was it in the begining that came up with our most beloved 3 lines of goodness

1. In Soviet Russia, a beowulf cluster of insensative clods welcomes YOU as their overlord! IN JAPAN!

2. ???

3. PROFIT!!!!

But, does it run on linux?

In completely unrelated news, I was told by a friend of mine to say: LINUX RULES! MICROSOFT SUCKS! So that I'd get good moderation *hint*

Imagine (5, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | about 10 years ago | (#9912008)

Imagine there's a cluster
Of 64 G5s
Or 128 Opterons
Between them only CAT5
Imagine all the boxen
Benching Quake FPS...

Imagine no shared memory
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to spinlock or thrash for
No cache coherence too
Imagine all the boxen
Crunching local tasks...

Imagine there's no mainframes
I wonder if you can
No need for Crays or S/390s
A cluster loosely bound
Imagine all the boxen
Sharing all the LAN...

You may say that I'm a uniprocessor
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And we'll simulate nukes as one

Cheap supercomputing and blade servers. (1)

MtViewGuy (197597) | about 10 years ago | (#9912014)

That's what the Beowulf project has created (besides way too many /. jokes =) ).

Imagine clustering hundreds to thousands of identical computers together to do heavy-duty computational work at a cost far below that of a dedicated supercomputer--that's what Beowulf clustering has made possible. Why do you think a lot of biotech companies are using large-scale Beowulf cluster setups to do DNA simulation?

Also, it has created a market for rack-mounted small server machines called blade servers where you can put hundreds to thousands of them in a relatively small space, all synched together using Beowulf clustering code.

contemporary epic poem (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9912036)

El Cid

Check it out, yo.

http://www.legends.dm.net/paladins/cid.html
htt p://www.google.com/search?q=el+cid+campeador

I own you once again (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9912047)

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