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Extending the Beowulf Cluster to the Desktop

Open-File Report 2003-432

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Abstract

Existing Beowulf clusters are normally limited to the actual number of compute nodes physically connected to the cluster's network switch. At some point, it may become necessary to extend the size of the cluster beyond the capacity of the switch. By using existing computers on a campus network, one can extend the computing power of the cluster by including these machines during times they would normally be idle. We have done a survey of methods for extending clusters and devised a parallel solution to a computationally complex all-possible-regressions algorithm and tested it by using idle computing power on the campus network.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Extending the Beowulf Cluster to the Desktop
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2003-432
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2003
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
10 p.