Beowulf cluster


Definition of Beowulf cluster

: a collection of small, relatively inexpensive computers linked together in order to combine their processing power Green Destiny belongs to a class of make-shift supercomputers called Beowulf clusters. Named for the monster-slaying hero in the eighth-century Old English epic, the machines are made by stringing together off-the-shelf PC's into networks, generally communicating via Ethernet—the same technology used in home and office networking.— George Johnson, New York Times, 25 June 2002

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1998, in the meaning defined above

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“Beowulf cluster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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