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By Thomas Sterling

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Use of Beowulf clusters (collections of off-the-shelf commodity desktops programmed to behave in live performance, leading to supercomputer functionality at a fragment of the fee) has unfold all over the place within the computational technology group. Many program teams are assembling and working their very own "private supercomputers" instead of counting on centralized computing facilities. Such clusters are utilized in weather modeling, computational biology, astrophysics, and fabrics technology, in addition to non-traditional components resembling monetary modeling and leisure. a lot of this new acceptance should be attributed to the expansion of the open-source stream.

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Use of Beowulf clusters (collections of off-the-shelf commodity pcs programmed to behave in live performance, leading to supercomputer functionality at a fragment of the fee) has unfold all over the place within the computational technological know-how neighborhood. Many software teams are assembling and working their very own "private supercomputers" instead of counting on centralized computing facilities.

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Superclusters — clusters of clusters, still within a local area such as a shared machine room or in separate buildings on the same industrial or academic campus, usually integrated by the institution’s infrastructure backbone wide area netork. Although usually within the same internet domain, the clusters may be under separate ownership and administrative responsibilities. Nonetheless, organizations are striving to determine ways to enjoy the potential opportunities of partnering multiple local clusters to realize very large scale computing at least part of the time.

Acknowledgments I thank first the authors of the chapters contributed to this book: David Bailey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Peter H. Beckman,Turbolinux Remy Evard, Argonne National Laboratory Al Geist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory William Gropp, Argonne National Laboratory David B. Jackson, University of Utah James Patton Jones, Veridian Jim Kohl, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Walt Ligon, Clemson University Miron Livny, University of Wisconsin Ewing Lusk, Argonne National Laboratory Karen Miller, University of Wisconsin Bill Nitzberg, Veridian Rob Ross, Argonne National Laboratory Daniel Savarese, University of Maryland Stephen Scott, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Todd Tanenbaum, University of Wisconsin Preface xxxiii Derek Wright, University of Wisconsin Many other people helped in various ways to put this book together.

Microsoft Windows 2000 reflects years of development and has emerged as a mature and robust software environment with the single largest base of targeted independent software vendor products. Important path-finding work at NCSA and more recently at the Cornell Theory Center has demonstrated that scientific and technical application workloads can be performed on Windows-based systems. While heated debate continues as to the relative merit of the two environments, the market has already spoken: both Linux and Windows have their own large respective user base for Beowulf clusters.

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