Beowulf celebrates 10 years of computing activity.
In late 1993, Becker and Thomas Sterling, both working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, began thinking about the possibilities of cluster computing. In the summer of 1994, Wiglaf -- the first Beowulf cluster, sporting 16 66-Mhz 486 DX4 processors connected by channel-bonded ethernet -- was born. It cost about $40,000 to build. [Wired News: Open Supercomputing Hits Big 1-0]