Welcome to cisTheta2007! CisTheta is the name of a Linux Cluster my students and I put together. CisTheta2007 is the Baldwin High Computer Science Research Class or Independent Study Cluster Team. We're learning how to build and program a cluster.
Here's our first renderings. These plots are graphs of the Mandelbrot Set. The first plot took less than 2 minutes on 25 nodes. Each node is a Pentium IV running at 2.4Ghz with 1GB of RAM and GigaBit Ethernet. If we were to run this plot on one such PC, it would have taken about 75 minutes. I ran it at home on a Pentium III 800 Mhz and it took about 220 minutes. I also ran it on an old Pentium II 400 Mhz and it took about 650 minutes!
Most of these files were originally stored as BMPs with a resolution of 8000x6000 with a 24bit color depth. Each one of the 48 megaPixels represents up to 100000 iterations of a program we wrote in C++ for a total of nearly 5 trillion operations in under 2 minutes! Now that's a superComputer! The original file sizes were 100MB or more. I used the GIMP to convert them to JPEGs of about 1 or 2MB. Enjoy!
Baldwin High Computer Science Research Class,
Independent Study Cluster Team,
During the summer of 2008, the CisTheta cluster was replaced with the new ShadowFax cluster. Please see our new page: cistheta2008.deviantart.com