Also called Beowulf computing or Beowulf cluster computing, it is a High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) that consists of clustering computer systems on a high speed network running open source operating systems, like Linux or FreeBSD and also using Beowulf software to function as a single massive parallel computer. Beowulf clusters are most commonly used for computational intensive tasks including digital media rendering, seismic analysis, or computational chemistry.
- Berkeley Internet Name Domain
Abbreviated as BIND, Berkeley Internet Name Domain is the most common implementation of the DNS protocol on the Internet. It’s freely available under the BSD License. BIND DNS servers are believed to be providing about 80 percent of all DNS services. BIND was developed by the University of California at Berkeley. The most current release […]
- Berkeley Packet Filter
The Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) is a new architecture for user-level packet capture. BPF provides a raw interface to data link layers in a protocol-independent fashion. All packets on the network, even those destined for other hosts, are accessible through this mechanism. * The packet filter appears as a character special device, /dev/bpf0, /dev/bpf1 and […]
- Bernoulli disk drive
Named after a Swiss scientist who discovered the principle of aerodynamic lift, the Bernoulli disk drive was a special type of floppy disk drive from Iomega Corporation that was faster and had greater storage capacity than traditional floppy drives. It is no longer being produced.
- Betamax Standard
(1) Also referred to as simply Beta, the first VCR format, developed by Sony in 1975. Except for old systems that are still around since the 1980s, Betamax eventually disappeared from the home user marketplace as consumers favored the VHS format. The Betamax format is still in use today by professional videographers, television broadcasters and […]
- Big Blue
A slang name for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). Blue is IBM’s corporate color.