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Old 10-23-2007
Beowulfing and running dual OSs

Hi, I was thinking about beowulfing some computers... but I was wondering, is it possible to run a dual OS like Windows and BSD simultaneously and still get the same effect, as all these computers running together like one system? And of course I do mean running the same way in an OS like Windows. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-23-2007
Beowulf (computing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It is highly essential to the definition that the OS be Unix-like, and be free and open source
Windows fails on both these accounts.

If you have two networked computers which share at least the /home file system via NFS, and trust each other to execute remote shells (rsh), then it could be argued that you have a simple, two node Beowulf machine.
If you could set cygwin or SFU to comply with this you could argue the toss about whether you have a Beowulf setup.

At the end of the day is it going to achieve what you want, not what you call it.

If you have identical machines and operating systems then you can execute any binary on any node, not true if you have a mix of operating systems.
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