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Four Node Linux Commodity Minicluster


by Mitch Williams mlw@sandia.gov
A small Linux cluster for portability. Useful for demonstrations, tutorials and roadshows.
* 4x Advanced Digital Logic Pentium MMX 266Mhz  processors 
* 10baseT private network
* external PCMCIA for wireless connection to the outside world
* quad KVM switch for local diagnostics
* dimensions: 5.3"x5.3"x13"
* can be built by hand for ~ USD $6700 or integrated by Parvus Corp. for  an additional fee. 
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Synopsis

This cluster turns out to be useful as a parallel programming teaching and demonstration tool. Created entirely out of commercial off-the-shelf PC/104     compliant parts, this cluster has all of the features that you would expect in normal-sized rack-mounted clusters, including individual keyboard, video and   mouse access to every node. CPU power is a little light in this incarnation, but   the CPU core module is upgradable to 700MHz, as of this date (11/20/01). 

PC/104 Linux Minicluster Parts List

Links to Related Projects 

PC/104 Linux Minicluster mini-HowTo

After many inquiries at the SC01 meeting, I have decided to create a short HOWTO so that others can do us one better.  Here is a mini-HOWTO giving generalized parts and construction information for our cluster.

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