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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 18 January 2006 NYLUG: Donald Becker on The Evolution of Beowulf Linux Clustering
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From: Sunny Dubey <address@hidden>
To: NYLUG Announcements <address@hidden>
Subject: [nylug-announce] New York Linux User's Group Meeting January 18th,
2006: Donald Becker -on- The Evolution of Beowulf Linux Clustering
January 18th, 2006
IBM Headquarters Building
590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street
12th Floor, home to the IBM Linux Center of Competency
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The Evolution of Beowulf Linux Clustering
Beowulf clusters are scalable performance clusters based on
commodity computers connected with a private system network. They
were named after the NASA Beowulf Project, an effort to develop
software for and demonstrate the effectiveness of commodity cluster
The challenge of commodity clusters has moved from basic machine
communication and communication library support to effective
administration and monitoring of large and changing numbers of
Based on their Beowulf Project experience, Scyld has developed a
innovative cluster system that dramatically simplifies creating,
using monitoring and maintaining Beowulf clusters. This talk will
describe the evolution of Beowulf systems, using the Scyld system as
an illustration of how cluster software has advanced from a
collection of individual ad hoc installations to elegant and
efficient single system image clusters that incrementally scale and
The Scyld Beowulf system management model presents the cluster to
the end user and administrator as a single standard Linux
installation. All elements of the system are installed and updated
on this system, unchanged from a single machine. Applications are
started, monitored and controlled just as they would with an SMP.
Internally the system is structured as a full featured master node
that controls specialized compute nodes. The master node has a
full, standard operating system installation with cluster-specific
extensions. Compute nodes are automatically detected and added to
the cluster. They are provisioned with only the minimal elements
required to run applications started from a master, and initially
are pure process execution slave. Compute nodes have no
configuration files, daemons or file systems, either local or
network, required for the base system.
This architectures, along with internal mechanisms for job creation
and directory services, allow building clusters that are maintained
exactly as a single standard Linux installation while scaling with
the dynamic addition and removal of machines. New machines can be
provisioned with applications just a few seconds after starting a
network boot. Machine disconnects or failures are handled
gracefully, without causing a cascade of failures.
About Donald Becker
Donald Becker founded Scyld Computing Corporation in 1998 and is
currently Chief Technology Officer of Penguin Computing and Chief
Scientist of Scyld Software, now part of Penguin Computing. He has
a long history in compiler development, networking, parallel
computing and cluster computing. He co-founded the Beowulf Project
at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 1994, and was a major
developer of the early Linux kernel networking, writing essentially
all of the network device drivers through 2000.
Swag (Give Away) - During the meeting... unusually terrific swag of
non-predetermined origin will be given out to all attendees at the
regular meeting for free as usual.
After the meeting ... Join us around 8:30pm or so at TGI Friday's,
located at 677 Lexington Avenue and 56th Street, second floor.
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