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Nov 29 2007   1:29PM GMT

Overheard: Build a supercomputer for your home office

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

robert_g_brown.jpg “A parallel supercomputer requires only two basic hardware components: a bunch of processors and a way for those processors to talk to one another and other private and shared resources.”

Robert G. Brown, Building Your First Cluster

Want to build a super computer?

Joel Adams, Tim Brom, and Jeff Layton give you step-by-step directions for building a Beowulf cluster they’re calling Microwulf.  It’s small enough to sit on a desk, with a footprint similar to that of a traditional PC tower. The system plugs into a normal electrical outlet, and runs at room temperature without any special cooling beyond my normal office air conditioning.  Microwulf: Breaking the $100 $50/GFLOP Barrier

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