News Flash! Magnus Svensson is the first (and only) to correctly identify the rack below as an old Digital rack that contained a couple of drives with platter-sized disks and a washing machine style drive.
We took a 16 node cluster to SC00 in Dallas, TX. It was the first LinuxBIOS cluster and despite the fact that Dallas sucked, this cluster sucked less. The cluster was comprised of the following:
- 1-4U box with the Acer Aladdin TNT2
16 LinuxBIOS-based cluster appliance nodes
- 13-1U Linux Labs Nodes with the SiS 630E chipset
- 1-4U box with the SiS 630E chipset
- 2 mid-towers with the SiS 630E chipset
- Packet Engines 20 port switch
The frontend node ran the Scyld Beowulf clustering software. The appliance nodes ran LinuxBIOS out of the Millenium Disk on Chip and the Scyld Beowulf node boot program. We used the cluster to run various programs (NAS MG, K-Means clustering, 2-D Elasticity, etc.) written in the ZPL programming language.