A NOW or Network of Workstations is a computer network which connects several computer workstations together, and by utilising special software it allows to use the network as a cluster.
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Berkeley NOW Project
April 30 1997 was a historical day for distributed computing: Berkeley achieved 10 gigaflops on the Linpack benchmark, making NOW, its new distributed supercomputer, one of the 200 fastest machines in the world at that time.
This is considered as the birth of the network of workstations concept.