Performance characteristics of a cost-effective medium-sized Beowulf cluster supercomputer

Andre L C Barczak, Chris H. Messom, Martin J. Johnson

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Abstract

This paper presents some performance results obtained from a new Beowulf cluster, the Helix, built at Massey University, Auckland funded by the Allan Wilson Center for Evolutionary Ecology. Issues concerning network latency and the effect of the switching fabric and network topology on performance are discussed. In order to assess how the system performed using the message passing interface (MPI), two test suites (mpptest and jumpshot) were used to provide a comprehensive network performance analysis. The performance of an older fast-ethernet/single processor based cluster is compared to the new Gigabit/SMP cluster.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Science – ICCS 2003
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference Melbourne, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia June 2-4, 2003 Proceedings, Part IV
EditorsPeter M.A. Sloot, David Abramson, Alexander V. Bogdanov, Jack J. Dongarra, Albert Y. Zomaya, Yuriy E. Gorbachev
Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
PublisherSpringer
Pages1050-1059
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540401970
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Computational Science 2003 - Melbourne VIC Australia and St. Petersburg RUSSIA, Melbourne Vic, Australia
Duration: 2 Jun 20034 Jun 2003
Conference number: 3
http://www.iccs-meeting.org/iccs2003/index.html

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume2660
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Computational Science 2003
Abbreviated titleICCS 2003
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne Vic
Period2/06/034/06/03
OtherThe International Conference on Computational Science 2003 (ICCS 2003) aims to bring together researchers and scientists from mathematics and computer science as basic computing disciplines, researchers from various application areas who are pioneering advanced application of computational methods to sciences such as physics, chemistry, life sciences, and engineering, arts and humanitarian fields, along with software developers and vendors, to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, and to shape future directions for research, as well as to help industrial users apply various advanced computational techniques.

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Barczak, A. L. C., Messom, C. H., & Johnson, M. J. (2003). Performance characteristics of a cost-effective medium-sized Beowulf cluster supercomputer. In P. M. A. Sloot, D. Abramson, A. V. Bogdanov, J. J. Dongarra, A. Y. Zomaya, & Y. E. Gorbachev (Eds.), Computational Science – ICCS 2003: International Conference Melbourne, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia June 2-4, 2003 Proceedings, Part IV (pp. 1050-1059). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 2660). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-44864-0_109