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    Building a clustered Supercomputer

    I've been running an extended schools ICT club this year, we've mostly been recycling old p233's and the like. Today the conversation got onto really powerful computers and I somewhat naively suggested that we turn all the schools' curriculum desktops into a giant supercomputer, kids seemed to like this idea

    I looked into this a while back for the purpose of running thin client system where the client is a 'distributed server' - but this had a major disadvantage that if a client rebooted it could crash another users application on the 'server'.
    Other than the obvious nuclear weapons simulations (I'm no physicist!) does anybody have any practical applications for this ? something that is easy to set up and might get the kids interested ? They suggested building a gaming server, but we'd have RBC firewall issues, licensing problems etc.

    As a platform clusterknoppix springs to mind but it hasn't been updated since 2004, any other PXE suggestions would be appreciated, ideally distros as I don't want to spend too much time on this.
    I was planning on PXE booting as this would be easy for us (we boot thinstation to run citrix)

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    Re: Building a clustered Supercomputer

    Thanks, The miniITX cluster looks nice, but looks like they set up their own BSD for it .
    I' just found parallelknoppix which looks pretty simple to set up and nicely documented
    Probably we'll just use one IT suite to begin with - 30 1GHz machines - still not sure what do do with the cluster though...

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    Re: Building a clustered Supercomputer

    Also found these which look interesting...

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    Re: Building a clustered Supercomputer

    We've given 'mosix' a go with some of the kids.

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    Re: Building a clustered Supercomputer

    One of the 6th formers did a beowulf for open evening and it worked well and impressed the parents ....lol

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    Re: Building a clustered Supercomputer

    Thanks for all the suggestions, I did the lesson yesterday and it went quite well. We booted up 28 thin clients to build one large cluster. I wasn't able to demonstrate anything running on it, but I think I got the point about clustering across. Need to decide what to build next week...

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    Re: Building a clustered Supercomputer

    I have also done this for an open night demo. Had half the machines in the 2 most up to date ICT suites (so kids could play on the other half) + the old ICT suite we don't like to let them near running Folding at home and Seti @ home on knoppix + mosix build I found in a link on Digg once. All booted from CD and using a couple of shares on the fileserver for storage needs. It ripped through work units at a great rate. The @home type apps are a great demo for it because they have a bit of graphical output and they're completely floating point bound.

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    Re: Building a clustered Supercomputer

    i know this is a bit of the subject but have we (edugeek got a folding at home team. If not do we want one i have been doing it for a while but have not really been in a team. will post in here

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    Sorry to resurrect this thread,thinking of running seti@home on open night. Is there a simple way to do this on windows 7 by using a suite as a cluster
    Last edited by hawc; 6th March 2013 at 09:38 PM. Reason: added cluster

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