Confessions of the World's Largest Switcher
Subject:   an important piece is missing.....
Date:   2003-11-25 08:32:03
From:   anonymous2
Response to: an important piece is missing.....

From what I understand, it's actually important that each node remain stable. The primary ways of dividing processing time on a supercomputer are nodes and hours. If you grab 10 nodes and are going to be doing computations for the next 10 hours, you'll have a significant issue with one node going down.

Especially if you have to then piece together a dataset with incomplete data.