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)
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...
We've given 'mosix' a go with some of the kids.
One of the 6th formers did a beowulf for open evening and it worked well and impressed the parents ....lol
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...
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.
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
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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