involves the setup and use of Linux Beowulf Cluster
running PVM software. The cluster consists of four (4) dual-processor
HP Kayak workstations. Three of the workstations are powered
Pentium II processors running at 200 Mhz each. The fourth
runs two Pentium III processors both running at 600 Mhz.
The HP hardware was somewhat difficult to work with. The
distribution failed to install due to write access problems
hard drives. An install of the Debian Linux distribution
however, the kernel that ships with Debian's “Woody” release
have SMP support. Attempts to re-compile the Debian kernel
SMP support worked, but the network was lost! This issue
resolved, and since the network is the other crucial part
machine that is to be clustered, Dan decided to give up on
However, the Slackware Linux distribution is currently working
the default kernel has been re-compiled to add SMP support.
Additionally, Dan has successfully cloned the Pentium II
(besides the original) over the cluster's network.