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For researchers with tight budgets, necessity is the mother of invention and innovation. These researchers are often forced to find alternative sources of computing power or experimental technology, so the do-it-yourself, hacker spirit has played a significant role in the scientific computing community, going all the way back to the first Beowulf compute cluster assembled by NASA in 1994. It is now a blueprint used across the world among those seeking to achieve cheap and powerful computing with low-cost commodity PCs instead of expensive traditional hardware.

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