The word 'beowulf' refers to a class of parallel computers. A Beowulf-class computer is a cluster computer composed of bare-bones computers (generally cheap ones, containing only a processor, memory, and a network card) connected with fast networking. Special system software allows all the individual computers in the cluster to work together efficiently. Beowulfs were developed as a cheap alternative to buying a monolithic supercomputer, and can be put together from generally accessible parts.
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The Beowulf Project
History of Beowulf development, network drivers, software, documentation, papers, and links to other resources and cluster sites.
The Beowulf Archives
Mailing list for Beowulf discussion.
Patches to NFS to permit diskless clients to mount a root filesystem. Source code and documentation.
Automated system for installing Debian on PC clusters. Documentation and source available.
Flat Neighborhood Networks
A network topology designed to minimize latency in clusters of PCs.
Linux Terminal Server Project
Documentation and installation scripts to make a Linux cluster of thin clients in an educational environment.
A bundle of software for making Linux clusters. Source code, hardware notes, and documentation.
How to make a cluster from Apple computers. Papers, benchmarks, and software for distributing jobs across a cluster.
Scalable Cluster Environment
A set of interoperable opensource tools that enable users to build and use Beowulf cluster effectively to solve their problems. It consist of a cluster builder tool, complex system management tool (SCMS), scalable real-time monitoring, Web base monitoring software (KCAP), parallel Unix command, and batch scheduler.
A Linux distribution with modifications for clustering. Product information and vendor list.
Sequence Analysis on a 216-Processor Beowulf Cluster
Paper about constructing a Beowulf for bioinformatics research. [PDF]