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January 18th, 2006

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03:32 pm - Server Farms
Heh, I'm taking a course on Cluster Computing at Kent State this semester and a funy historical note came up.

When people first started networking computers together so they worked as one they were actually groups of workstations (Old Sun/CGI workstations).

These were refered to as a NOW (Network of Workstations).

When the University of Wisconsion (sp? bah) They named thier's COW.

Needing to come up with a C word, they used Cluster to make COW be a Cluster of Workstations.

And thats where the term Cluster got its start to be used as a group of computers.

Mooo i tell you, Mooooo
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Date:January 18th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
At DeVry College o'Knowledge, Phoenix Edition, COW was Computer On Wheels.
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Date:January 19th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Imagine a Beowulf cluster of... oh wait.
Moo indeed.
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Date:January 19th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
As I was reading, I expected a joke involving HOW and BROWN...

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