Hello Xbox Fans,
Many people have asked us "Why?" well that answer comes in many
forms. All the members of XL-Cluster have found themselves wondering
about the power of an Xbox. As we all know the Xbox is virtually
a small desktop computer and as such can handle many tasks with
a much smaller footprint.
A couple members of XL-Cluster were or are Computer Science majors
at a local college and looking back we recalled a request for computers
to teach our group about the wonders of parallel processing. When
our dreams were shot down by the financial Scrooges within the university
we thought this dream was over, but were they? Why should the high
school students and college students of today suffer when they want
to learn a trade that has been so open for so long? Why must the
students of tomorrow give up this small piece of education because
institutions say we don't have the money, yet increase tuition on
a semester by semester basis? Well look to reality we did. We found
a way not only to have some fun, but bring a service to the students
of tomorrow. We are showing that you do not need a super 1500 CPU
cluster to learn from. You do not need large amounts of money to
bring into your own home a personal satisfaction that you did it
yourself. We want to share with those same high schools and colleges
that they can give students this same experience at a fraction of
Yet, we have alternative reasons as well. The evil side, the dark
side, and the side no one wants to see. Ok! Ok! There is no evil
or dark side to this, it is just simply fun to see how many we can
get together and make work. We are hoping to strike in interest
in others and maybe have some sort of growth among Xbox fans to
built even bigger clusters. Have you seen the Playstation 2 Cluster?
Well it is a total over 70 nodes in size, has about half the CPU power
of an Xbox and half the memory. I figure we the Xbox clustering people
of the world can show another university that they spent WAY too
much money for what they produced. I figure with 35 Xbox's we will
have close to or equal to the computing power of that 70 node Playstation
2 cluster. What if we went on to create a 70 node Xbox cluster?
Where does it stop? What can we do? It's Alive! It's Alive! No its
not but when will it stop, well once we reach a point where we feel
its no longer fun then we may donate portions of the cluster to
local high schools, sell on eBay, give to the needy, who knows,
who cares that way to far to think about. We just want to have fun
and learn while we are at it.
So what's the biggest reason for building a cluster, well to be
honest just to see if we could build it. Why not give us your suggestions
on what to do after we are moving along and programming becomes
a bore. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
keeping in mind that if you tell us to do anything stupid like DoS
Microsoft IT WON'T HAPPEN. We are not here hurt anyone or any company,
we are here to teach others, learn ourselves, and most of all have
fun doing this project.
Current Number Of Nodes: (12) w/1 being a development node
Here is the current picture of the nodes, Please forgive the construction
as we are working on the basement.
Some of the website is still under construction as we have been
concerned with the cluster itself rather than getting all the parts
on the website working. Now that the cluster is on track the team
can start completing the website, so stop back and see the progress
of the cluster as well as the website itself.