The Aiolos Project FAQ

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This site was created to present the Aiolos Cluster Project (or simply Aiolos Project) to the general public.

What is the Aiolos Cluster Project?

Τhe Aiolos Cluster Project is an attempt of two high school teachers to reach interested students with a project that is fun and challenging. The technical part of the project includes:

  • Construction of a Beowulf cluster (compute cluster), a kind of super-computer consisting of networked PCs
  • Using mini ITΧ motherboards (Atom - Pentium G - Celeron)
  • Powered by the free and open source operating system, FreeBSD
  • Custom design and built

Why build it?

  • Because we can
  • Becuase we want to
  • Because we like challenging projects

Where? When?

During the current school year (2014-2015) in EPAL Kissamou of Chania. The Project started on December 2014 and is expected to be completed during March 2015

Can I Participate?

Sure. The Project is open to all students of the school as well as the General Lyceum of Kissamos. However, you have to get prepared to study the subject at home. No previous experience in UNIX is required (notes will be supplied).

What is it going to compute?

Typical workloads for Beowulf clusters include lengthy math calculations and number theory. We will write some demo programs like PI calculation to a few million(!) digits.

Who is paying for the components?

We already have some of them, the rest will be purchased. We don't really expect any help from the school committee...

What will the final assembled system look like?

It will be a custom plexiglass design, housing the power supply, the disks and the network switch. The motherboards will be stacked on top and cooled by a 22-23cm fan. All components and interconnects will be visible.

Ok, let's say we got it built. Then what?

We will present it to open source exhibitions and other schools. We will show everyone what nice things can be built at school when we go above and beyond the curriculum.

For more details, contact Manolis Kiagias or Elias Chrysocheris