Beowulf cluster

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Beowulf cluster was in 1998

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“Beowulf cluster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Beowulf%20cluster. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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