How to Build a Beowulf: A Guide to the Implementation and Application of PC Clusters (Scientific and Engineering Computation)
||Author: Thomas Sterling, John Salmon, Donald J. Becker, Daniel F. Savarese|
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Publisher: MIT Press (28 May, 1999)
Sales Rank: 53,530
Average Customer Rating: 2.42 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Broad introduction to PC clusters
A "Beowulf" is the concept of using a network of low cost personal computers for distributed processing. The book doesn't specify a particular configuration. The author describes the three fundamental parts of a Beowulf system: node hardware, network hardware, and parallel software applications. Three chapters explain how to use the message passing interface (MPI) standard to distribute the work for a program executing on multiple nodes. An example MPI program for sorting is presented. The features of the Linux operating system are covered in Chapter 4 since Linux is a common choice for Beowulf clusters.
Rating: 5 out of 5
excellent resource for building a beowulf
Before I purchased this book I was completely intimidated by the idea of building a Beowulf Cluster. I found this book to be a surprisingly thorough and accessible resource, allowing me to get a great understanding of what was needed. I've just placed my order for the equipment for my first cluster and can't wait to get it up and running!
Rating: 1 out of 5
I still can't build a beowulf.
I have had bad experiences with cluster books before, this one is no exception. There's no how to in here, just a bunch of lecture. For mega nerds only, average computer people need not apply.
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