Practical verification of an embedded Beowulf architecture using standard cluster benchmarks

M. R. Fowler, E. Stipidis, F. H. Ali

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Abstract

The advent of embedded systems with greater capacity in terms of processing and general functionality has given rise to the recent use of embedded clusters, as seen in Singapore's Satellite Mission, X-Sat. This paper presents a Linux-based concurrent system of embedded network nodes, interconnected by Ethernet. It is formed of readily available components and is configured as a standard, commodity-based Beowulf class computer. It uses a free implementation of the Message Passing Interface. Combining the inherent benefits of Beowulf and embedded systems forms a space-efficient distributed system. Thus a multiple node system can be comfortably housed on a developer's desk, being programmed and administered in the same way as a conventional PC based cluster. To validate the system, standard benchmark results are shown for message passing protocol overhead and peak floating point rate of computation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - The 3rd International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, ICSEA 2008, Includes ENTISY 2008
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Workshop on Enterprise Information Systems
Pages140-145
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2008
Event3rd International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, ICSEA 2008 - Sliema, Malta
Duration: 26 Oct 200831 Oct 2008

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, ICSEA 2008
CountryMalta
CitySliema
Period26/10/0831/10/08

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