Stone Soupercomputer

The Stone Soupercomputer was a Beowulf-style computer cluster built at the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the late 1990s.wikipedia
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Computer cluster

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A group of lab employees including William W. Hargrove and Forrest M. Hoffman applied for a grant to build a cluster in 1996, but it was rejected.
An early project that showed the viability of the concept was the 133-node Stone Soupercomputer.

Stone Soup

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The name was derived from the story of stone soup.
Stone Soupercomputer, a computer composed of many small units;

Beowulf cluster

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The Stone Soupercomputer was a Beowulf-style computer cluster built at the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the late 1990s.
Stone Soupercomputer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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The Stone Soupercomputer was a Beowulf-style computer cluster built at the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the late 1990s.

NASA

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Software was patterned after the Beowulf project pioneered by NASA.

Personal computer

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They decided to build a cluster anyway, using desktop personal computers that had been discarded as being too slow.

Open-source software

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The developers used freely available and open source software such as Linux operating system, the Parallel Virtual Machine toolkit and the Message Passing Interface library.

Linux

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The developers used freely available and open source software such as Linux operating system, the Parallel Virtual Machine toolkit and the Message Passing Interface library.

Parallel Virtual Machine

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The developers used freely available and open source software such as Linux operating system, the Parallel Virtual Machine toolkit and the Message Passing Interface library.

Message Passing Interface

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The developers used freely available and open source software such as Linux operating system, the Parallel Virtual Machine toolkit and the Message Passing Interface library.

Intel 80486

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They included Intel 80486 and Pentium-based machines and a few DEC Alpha workstations.

Pentium

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They included Intel 80486 and Pentium-based machines and a few DEC Alpha workstations.

DEC Alpha

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They included Intel 80486 and Pentium-based machines and a few DEC Alpha workstations.

Ethernet

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Low-cost Ethernet networking was used for interconnection instead of any special-purpose network.

Scientific American

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The cluster was the subject of an article in Scientific American magazine in 2001.

PC Answers

section which reviewed hardware projects such as the Stone Soupercomputer and Tomohiro Kawada's dual Celeron PC. Its "Extreme Customisation" series reviewed alternate shells for Microsoft Windows such as Litestep and desktop enhancements such as Stardock's WindowBlinds.