Summary: MBHÕ99: A Beowulf Cluster Capstone Project
Joel C. Adams W. David Laverell Mark A. Ryken
Department of Computer Science
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The high costs of commercial parallel computing hardware and software place them
beyond the reach of the Computer Science departments of many colleges and universities.
By contrast, a Beowulf cluster is a dedicated system of commodity off-the-shelf PCs
running free, open-source software and connected by inexpensive ethernet. A Beowulf
cluster thus provides an inexpensive way to build a multiprocessor for parallel computing
at a fraction of the cost of a commercial machine.
This paper is an overview of our experience building MBHÕ99, an eight-node