Since the first computing devices there has always been those seeking solutions
to problems that require greater or quicker performance. In order to appease
such users, the industry has traditionally adopted two approaches. Firstly,
and most obvious, there is always a market for faster processors. Each
new version enables some previously unattainable application desire to
be achieved. Secondly, and the approach adopted here, the work can be split
between a number of processors. There are a number of differing topologies.
Processors can share memory, have independent memory and use a communications
system, or a mixture of the two. The beowulf systems presented here are
based upon a cluster approach where single/dual processor nodes with their
own memory are connected by a network to provide high compute power.
BEAM Beowulf Systems
High performance cluster computing.
Inexpensive processors and volume networking technology. Alpha & Intel