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Building a super Computer


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comanighttrain

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Hey guys, i was reading a computer magazine, i noticed alot of the worlds terraflopping super computers are actually just a huge number of pentium 2's, due to there admirable output, lost cost, low heat and low consumption, . I worked out to build a 4ghz machine with about a a gig of ram collectivly would cost about £100, just because im going to be bored over summer i was considering building one of these distributed super computers (on a much smaller scale ofcourse). The question i have is ofcourse, how do they get these machines all working on the same thing?

I can gather they probobly share the workload, i just have no idea how.

Anyone?
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some of them are using either 2000 advanced server or 2000 datacenter (or 2003 now)..if they are windows machines....some of them use UNIX....all of these OS's allow for Clustering...which basically causes the CPU's to all run in tandem...it's a fun (read complicated) setup..
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Beowulf ...good luck. :)

Beowulf.org is a collection of resources for the expanding universe of users and designers of Beowulf class cluster computers. These enterprise systems are built on commodity hardware deploying Linux OS and open source software...

Interestingly, Microsoft is working on a super computer version of Windows that would offer much of the same clustering ability. :tazz:
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Question is why would you want to, it would only be good to you for doing that folding stuff, other than that they are useless to an average punter.
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well, i like cool stuff, i think super computers are cool, itll be £100 probobly wasted, but if nothing else, i can slap it on my CV. Unless i dedicate it to the SETI program or make my own MMORPG yeah, it is going to be totally useless.
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