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Cluster Deployment

Possible Deployments

PCM provides the fastest way to build a cluster. You can mix and match nodes in almost any configuration, so long as each can connect to any other over a network, even other the Internet!

PCM can do this because it does not mandate a "head node". PCM operates flexibly to fit your working style, computing resources, and network topology.

PCM is robust because it is capable of handling arbitrary changes in cluster configuration. No other cluster type is this flexible and capable.

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  • Xserves Dedicated Cluster

    A cluster of Macs dedicated to parallel computing. Can be Xserves, Power Macs, etc. Such the cluster of 33 Dual-Processor Xserves that achieved 217 Gigaflops at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory or 128 Dual-Processor Xserve G5s achieving 1.21 Teraflop at UCLA.

  • Xserves +Graphite G4s +Quicksilver G4s Quicksilver G4s +Power Mac G5s Power Mac G5s Mixed Cluster - Some Dedicated, Some Personal

    Some Macs Dedicated for Parallel Computing, while additional Macs normally used for desktop applications are added during the night or the weekend or other times their users are away. This approach is in use at the UCLA Plasma Physics Group.

  • Graphite G4 Macintosh Student Lab

    A Mac lab by day, a supercomputing by night. Macs are commonly used in computer labs at universities. With no hardware modifications, these can be used as a large Mac cluster when the students are away. This approach was tested at USC, combining 76 Dual-Processor Power Macs to achieve 233 Gigaflops.

  • Graphite G4 +Graphite G4 Impromptu Cluster on the Go

    Combine PowerBooks and iBooks and other available machines via combinations of Ethernet and Airport networking. If you need computational power while on the road, you can even tap into your Mac cluster (assuming there are no firewalls) back home via the Internet. When Dauger Research, Inc., gives a presentation, this ability is almost always demonstrated. Photographic evidence can be seen in a description of the FOSE 2003 conference, where nodes in Washington, DC, and California were combined as a computing cluster.

  • Mac mini stack G4 + Mac mini stack G4 +iMac G4 +iMac G4 + Xserves + Graphite G4s + Quicksilver G4s Quicksilver G4s + Power Mac G5s Power Mac G5s +Graphite G4 Combine Any of the Above

    Any of the above nodes can be combined for parallel computing. You can be creative! For example, Professor Timberlake at Berry College combines his dedicated nodes with 25 iMac G4s in his college's computer lab.

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