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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: