hardware

flashmob computing

What do you get when you mix flashmobbing, beowulf computing, grid style cpu power, a top 500 computer and San Fran?

Indeed, you get a //flashmobcomputing.org. A get-to-gether-plug-in-your-GNU/Linux-box to create together on a ad hoc basis a //top500 computer on earth, for a moment at least.

A Flash Mob supercomputer is hundreds or even thousands of computers
connected together via a LAN working together as a single supercomputer. A
Flash Mob computer, unlike an ordinary cluster, is temporary and organized
on-the-fly for the purpose of working on a single problem
Both technical and socially a very interesting experiment. Too bad one needs 100Mb access to the LAN, if WAN would be an option, i definitely would donate some cycles;I do believe in distributed computing/data.

New system installing

I got some "blazing fast" (in my book) new hardware from dear friend basl and currently I am installing a real OS on it. I did suse in the past, slackware, redhat, mandrake. But I never did it the pure way; GNU/Debian. So a new convert is born, I am installing bruce's baby right now. Not as easy as new "commercial" distros but a lot easier than slackware 9 years ago. So all I have to do is give the machine a proper name.

When it comes to naming a machine, I get picky.

The first PC I got was called "ed" (eddie for friends), hence the pentium that came later was called "petje". A laptop that was a rental, "sletje".

Than a range of new systems came; krijgertje, zalm, snip, duckman, elvis, luca and kjell. Maybe more but these I can remember. Now this system will be my next hosting site for willy. Lots of diskspace and memory, so it will do for the next couple of years. I only have one problem, bas already named it "havenmeester".And I dont like that name. Yet, he demanded it to be "havenmeester" (what kind of name is that?)

So I thought, what about "tug". Does have a "tux" ring to it and has a relation to "havenmeester". What do you think?

berts new system should be named:







Grid computing

Grid computing vs P2P, corba and others...

Two major needs have dramatically increased the value of
the concept of grid computing in the last few years. A lean economy has
forced those with a limited IT budget to more fully utilize their
existing computing assets and to become more flexible to respond to
rapidly evolving markets by being able to intelligently allocate finite
resources to the appropriate business applications. In this first of a
series of articles, Matt Haynos provides a cursory analysis of the
similarities and differences between grid computing and such
distributed computing systems as P2P, CORBA, cluster computing, and DCE.

Gadget for newlyborn?

So when our child will be born around 2/june (knock on wood everything will be okay), will he/she get a //comfyland tool from my friends?

A //baby tux tshirt? Or a //big tux of 1 meter? Mhhh, I want (my child to have) a huge tux. :-)

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