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|Originally Published: Monday, 22 October 2001||Author: Suyog Shah|
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Enjoy Some Warm Cocoa
Ever want to build a supercomputer with your Linux skills? Of course you have. Here's some instructions from Suyog Shah.
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What is COCOA?COCOA stands for Cost effective Computing Array. It is a Beowulf class supercomputer. Beowulf is a multi-computer architecture which can be used for parallel computations. It is a system which usually consists of one server node, and one or more client nodes connected together via Ethernet or some other fast network. It is a system built using commodity hardware components, like any office desktop PC with standard Ethernet adapters, and switches. It does not contain any custom hardware components and is trivially reproducible. http://cocoa.ihpca.psu.edu/.
What hardware was used to build COCOA?26 WS-410 workstations from Dell http://www.dell.com, each consisting of:
What is the operating system on COCOA?Linux! In specific, RedHat Linux 5.1 distribution http://www.redhat.com.
Linux is a free version of the Unix operating system, and it runs on all PC/i386 compatible computers (and now also on PowerPCs, Alphas, Sparcs, Mips, Ataris, and Amigas). The Linux kernel is written by Linus Torvalds email@example.com and other volunteers. Most of the programs running under Linux are generic Unix freeware, many of them from the GNU project.
What software is installed on COCOA?On the server, the following software is installed:
How much did COCOA cost?Approximately $100,000
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