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SUN Supported Beowulf Cluster

The SPARC hardware cluster solution shares one characteristic with the Beowulf PC cluster solution that many commercial customer would like to avoid—a single vendor does not support the hardware and software components. However, by exchanging the software to supported versions every thing except the compiler would be free of charge.

TABLE 4 Sun Supported Beowulf Cluster Components





Operating system

Solaris OE


Ethernet or Myricom Myrinet

File sharing


Queuing system

Sun Grid Engine software

Message passing interface

Sun HPC ClusterTools software


Forte software

Management tools

Hardware monitoring

Operating environment monitoring

Resource monitoring

Resource management

SunVTS software, Sun MC software

Sun MC software

Solaris_ Resource Manager software

Solaris BandWidth Manager software

Sun Grid Engine software

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