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October 31, 2006 5:46:18 PM

I guess this is not the right place for posting this topic, but i couldn't find another more appropriate. Please move it if u do find one.

I just got 5 machines, equipped with 2x Athlon MP 2000+, 1GB ECC RAM an Gigabit Ethernet each (yes, i know, quite old, but it's better than nothing =P) and i want to built a cluster out of them. I really only need 1 machine as terminal, the others don't need to be stand alone.
I want to be able to dual boot Linux and Windows but i have no idea how to configure Windows XP Pro to work with pararell processing. Is it feasable?
Should I decrease the aumont of RAM in each machine and put it in the terminal?
Can any1 point me to any sites or discussion forums where i can have an idea of what i'm dealing with?

I'm going to run VSAero, Fastran and Nastran on Linux and ANSYS (FLotran, CFX) and Fluent on Windows.
Any pointers at all would be much aprreciated.

Thx a mil
October 31, 2006 6:59:49 PM

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I guess this is not the right place for posting this topic, but i couldn't find another more appropriate. Please move it if u do find one.

I just got 5 machines, equipped with 2x Athlon MP 2000+, 1GB ECC RAM an Gigabit Ethernet each (yes, i know, quite old, but it's better than nothing =P) and i want to built a cluster out of them. I really only need 1 machine as terminal, the others don't need to be stand alone.
I want to be able to dual boot Linux and Windows but i have no idea how to configure Windows XP Pro to work with pararell processing. Is it feasable?
Should I decrease the aumont of RAM in each machine and put it in the terminal?
Can any1 point me to any sites or discussion forums where i can have an idea of what i'm dealing with?

I'm going to run VSAero, Fastran and Nastran on Linux and ANSYS (FLotran, CFX) and Fluent on Windows.
Any pointers at all would be much aprreciated.

Thx a mil
This site is dedicated to such pursuits.


http://www.beowulf.org/overview/index.html

GL :) 
October 31, 2006 9:04:31 PM

Thx.
I already knew the Boewulf cluster site, but thx anyway. My real problem is Windows XP configuration. Any help on that?
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October 31, 2006 10:50:21 PM

As far as I know you need Windows Server to run windows machine in cluster. But even then it's probably for load balancing/high availability. I still suggest you look into it.

Clustering on win 2k3 server

Might do what you want
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Manageability


The cluster appears as a single-system image to end users, applications, and the network, while providing a single point-of-control to administrators locally or remotely.
November 1, 2006 2:42:21 PM

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As labbbby already mentioned, no clustering support on Win XP.


Are u absolutly sure abou that? I've been looking around and it seems to me that using a Message Passing Interface - MPI (namely MPICH) it is possible to run several XP computers as a cluster.

I can even remember a sicussion here earlier about xp clustering. Look at http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Itanium-Xeon-5X...

Thx for the ideas thou
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November 1, 2006 11:09:56 PM

MPI is a programming language, had a class about that. Pretty innefficient but easy to do.

Dont really see how it would be use in a Windows cluster to be frank! If you get some linky throw them in the thread =)
November 1, 2006 11:37:41 PM

You can check this out.
Windows clustering sounds expensive.
November 4, 2006 10:17:24 AM

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MPI is a programming language, had a class about that. Pretty innefficient but easy to do.

Dont really see how it would be use in a Windows cluster to be frank! If you get some linky throw them in the thread =)


Take a look here http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/mpi/mpich2/

From what i can understand, it is possible to make a specific software (installed on a XP platform) to use the available processing units on the network. For comercial products, special modules have been developed (and there are some open source ones too) and u can also compile your own code to take advantage of the network cpus.
What i think one CAN'T do is running XP on a machine and just hopping that any software that runs on that machine uses the network resources.

I'm dual booting my 5 machines on Linux (beowulf) and XP and i'll keep posting my updates.

Thx for replying
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