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Creating and Using a Non-Dedicated HPC Cluster with ParallelKnoppix

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  • Michael Creel
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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This note describes ParallelKnoppix, a bootable CD that allows econometricians with average knowledge of computers to create and begin using a high performance computing cluster for parallel computing in very little time. The computers used may be heterogeneous machines, and clusters of up to 200 nodes are supported. When the cluster is shut down, all machines are in their original state, so their temporary use in the cluster does not interfere with their normal uses. An example shows how a Monte Carlo study of a bootstrap test procedure may be done in parallel. Using a cluster of 20 nodes, the example runs approximately 20 times faster than it does on a single computer

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  • Michael Creel & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2006. "Creating and Using a Non-Dedicated HPC Cluster with ParallelKnoppix," Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 202, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecfa:202
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    Keywords

    parallel computing; high performance computing; cluster; Monte Carlo; bootstrap;

    JEL classification:

    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • C87 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Econometric Software
    • C88 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other Computer Software

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