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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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: International Conference, Melbourne, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2–4, 2003, Proceedings, Part IV
EditorsPeter M. A. Sloot, David Abramson, Alexander V. Bogdanov, Yuriy E. Gorbachev, Jack J. Dongarra, Albert Y. Zomaya
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540401970, 9783540401971
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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