Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

A Cluster by Any Other Name Is Not a Grid

Filed under
Linux

Have you noticed how lately, when the conversation turns to distributed computing, grid and cluster are used as synonyms? These two words do have different meanings, Donald Becker reminds us.

So-called grid computing solutions for small to midsize businesses are more likely to be utility computing or clustering solutions, Becker says. A grid implementation is much more difficult. The only place for "true grid," he says, is with global enterprises that have a single point of administration for the CIO.

Becker knows whereof he speaks. While working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center during the late 1980s, Becker created the first Beowulf cluster, using software to connect many inexpensive PCs to solve complex math problems typically reserved for classic supercomputers.

Beowulf is a trademark controlled by Linux International.

Becker literally wrote-or rather co-wrote-the book on Beowulf Clustering: How to Build a Beowulf: A Guide to the Implementation and Application of PC Clusters.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

This is the world’s most stunning new Android phone – and it’ll only cost you $5,000

While there’s no question that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are beautiful smartphones, some might argue that Apple’s 2012 iPhone 5 and last year’s iPhone 5s feature an overall look that is more sleek and sophisticated. Now, imagine that sophisticated design was given harder lines, darker tones and a 5-inch full HD display, and it was built out of titanium and 18k gold instead of aluminum. Read more

Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Alpha 1 Prepares for GNOME 3.14, Go Forth and Test

The Ubuntu GNOME developers have released the first version of the 15.04 branch for their Linux distribution and it looks like this operating system is also going through some interesting changes, just like Ubuntu, although not on the same scale. Read more

FSF's High Priority Project List Now Has A Committee

The Free Software Foundation has now built up a committee to review their "High Priority Projects" list and they're looking for more feedback from the community. Nearly ten years ago is when the Free Software Foundation began listing what they viewed as the High Priority Free Software Projects in a list. This list has over time contained some definite high-priority projects related to freeing Java and Adobe PDF support and open graphics drivers to some more obscure projects of high priority like a free version of Oracle Forms, a replacement to OpenDWG libraries for CAD files, automatic transcription software, etc. I've personally called out many of the FSF HPP for what they're worth with my thoughts over the years. Read more

Latest Calibre eBook Reader and Converter Now Support Latest Kobo Firmware

The Calibre eBook reader, editor, and library management software has just reached version 2.13 and the developer has added an important driver and made quite a few fixes and improvements. Read more