Beowulf cluster

noun

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 JohnsonNew York Times25 June 2002

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First Known Use of beowulf cluster

1998


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