Sunday, September 24

Scientific Computing on Commodity Clusters

2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Mt. Vernon

The speakers in this minisymposium will discuss scientific computing using commodity systems. Many (but not all) computing projects require more resources than a desktop system can deliver the ability to carry these projects out, by linking these desktop systems together, is ushering in price/performance breakthroughs that amount to another "revolution." A great many choices must be made, with implied tradeoffs between various performance and value goals. The speakers will discuss their experience with such systems, from "beowulf" clusters to widely distributed networks of workstations, the alternatives they looked into and how well they have worked.

Organizer: David C. Hart
Indiana University, USA
2:00-2:25 PC Clusters: Performance Comparisons in NT and Linux Environments
David C. Hart, Organizer; Daniel A. Lauer, John W. Naab, Craig A. Stewart, and D. F. (Rick) McMullen, Indiana University, USA
2:30-2:55 High Performance Computing with Commodity Clusters
Robert L. Pennington, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
3:00-3:25 The Advanced Cluster Computing Consortium
David A. Lifka, Cornell University, USA
3:30-3:55 High Throughput and Computing on Distributively Owned Computing Resources
Miron Livny and Doug Thain, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

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