Subject: Re: Building an alternate backing store.
To: gabriel rosenkoetter <>
From: Dave Huang <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 07/15/2000 01:24:30
On Sat, 15 Jul 2000, gabriel rosenkoetter wrote:
> There are a few problems in relying to heavily on anything out of
> Beowulf:
> 1) Beowulf is Linux-specific.
> 2) Beowulf is i386-specific.
> 3) Beowulf presumes each node has identical hardware, and load
> balances blindly based on that assumption.

I don't know a whole lot about Beowulf clusters, but from what I've
heard, none of those are the case. Except for possibly #3, depending on
what you mean by it. According to the Beowulf FAQ at

     17. Can I make a Beowulf out of different kinds of machines --
     single-processor, dual-processor, 200MHz, 400MHz, etc.?

     Sure.  Splitting up your application optimally gets a little harder
     but it's not infeasible.

So it sounds like it _can_ be done, but it might be too much work to be
worth it.
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