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Linux & Beowulf - Supercomputing for the Masses
Topic Area:
Track: UNIX
Topic: Clusters
Type:  Breakout Session

Schedule:
11/09/99   05:00 PM     Duration: 60 Min.     Room: 6E

Presenter:
Randy Messer
Compaq Computer Corporation  

Abstract:
This presentation will review the evolution of the Beowulf cluster, how it addresses the need for 'commodity' supercomputing, the market applications of the Beowulf concept, and some of the technical issues (hardware and software) to be considered when building a Beowulf system. We will also review some of the application issues to be considered before launching a Beowulf project. Customer examples of Beowulf systems will be reviewed, as will currently available Compaq systems built as 'off the shelf'Beowulf environments.

Objectives:
1. Identify and describe the Linux Beowulf cluster environment and components. 2. Review the key computing problems and applications appropriate for Beowulf usage.
 
3. Understand the key technical and software design issues and system tradeoffs. 4. Understand how key customers are currently using Beowulf clusters and why.
 
5. Understand some of the current Compaq 'off the shelf' Beowulf systems currently being provided by Custom Systems as examples of 'repeatable technology.'  

Prerequisites for attendees:
None. This is an introductory level discussion, and all required information will be provided.

Required Skill Level:
Introduction
For those entering a profession/changing technology base

                                                                                                                                                                           

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