|New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge|
Challenge Team Abstract
A beowulf is one way to create a supercomputer cheaply and with resources available to, not only large corporations and universities, but also to high schools like us. We plan to set up a beowulf using multiple nodes that we will connect to one hub. Once we hook these computers together, we will choose one of the processors to be the main computer that can take input through a keyboard and will have a monitor, CD drive and floppy drive. We will run several applications on our beowulf using the Linux operating system. Linux can read and write over twenty different types of file systems allowing it to operate on media originating from other operating systems (i.e.: DOS, floppy disk, and VFAT [Windows]).
After building the beowulf, we will take performance tests to see how well it will perform running certain applications. We will use complex programs that will allow us to access the difference between their performance on regular processors versus the beowulf system. After the first series of tests using the same processors on each node, we will change one of the node's processors and then rerun the tests to see the difference in performance. We will change the processor in that one node several times, using different processors in each test. These processors will all be different speeds and types.
Our final goal is to see if a beowulf system can be run with different types of processors, ranging from Pentium to AMD.
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