“Plug-and-Play” Cluster Computing HPC Designed for the Mainstream Scientist

  • Dean E. Dauger
  • Viktor K. Decyk
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3515)


At UCLA’s Plasma Physics Group, to achieve accessible computational power for our research goals, we developed the tools to build numerically-intensive parallel computing clusters on the Macintosh platform. Our approach is designed to allow the user, without expertise in the operating system, to most efficiently develop and run parallel code, enabling the most effective advancement of scientific research. In this article we describe, in technical detail, the design decisions we made to accomplish these goals. We found it necessary for us to “reinvent” the cluster computer, creating a unique solution that maximizes accessibility for users. See:


Parallel Computing Parallel Code Select Node Macintosh Platform Parallel Programming Environment 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. 1.
    Sterling, T.L., Salmon, J., Becker, D.J., Savarese, D.F.: How to Build a Beowulf. MIT Press, Cambridge (1999)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Decyk, V.K., Dauger, D., Kokelaar, P.: How to Build An AppleSeed: A Parallel Macintosh Cluster for Numerically Intensive Computing. Physica Scripta T84, 85 (2000)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Snir, M., Otto, S., Huss-Lederman, S., Walker, D., Dongarra, J.: MPI: The Complete Reference. MIT Press, Cambridge (1996); Gropp, W., Lush, E., Skjellum, A.: Using MPI: Portable Parallel Programming with the Message-Passing Interface. MIT Press, Cambridge (1994)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Most major supercomputing centers only use MPI for distributed-memory parallel computing. The absence of other message-passing schemes on new hardware is evident at NERSC, and at NPACI,
  5. 5.
  6. 6.
  7. 7.
  8. 8.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean E. Dauger
    • 1
  • Viktor K. Decyk
    • 2
  1. 1.Dauger Research, Inc.Huntington BeachUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Personalised recommendations