Preliminary info on the Scyld Beowulf distribution
Horatio B. Bogbindero
wyy at cersa.admu.edu.ph
Tue Oct 10 00:06:31 EDT 2000
is there a place where we can download an ISO instead?
On Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Donald Becker wrote:
> Well, I guess I was scooped by SlashDot.
> As many of you have guessed from the hints and list postings, Scyld has been
> working on the next-generation Beowulf system.
> Our goal was an easy to install and run system that required minimal
> sysadmin knowledge for production use. Our new distribution is also easy to
> use for developers.
> Here are a few features that should help avoid common problems reported on
> the list:
> We use 'BProc' for almost everything. This eliminates the environment and
> path problems with 'rsh', and is far faster than either 'rsh' or 'ssh'.
> After years of discussions, we finally have a universal booting system.
> It uses 'Two Kernel Monte' to replace a minimal initial kernel that knows
> only about networking with a full kernel.
> Only the front-end "master" node has a full install.
> The compute "slave" nodes can run with only 40MB in their filesystem.
> Essentially all of the 40MB is cached libraries, with most files in
> /etc/*, such as /etc/passwd, not needed.
> Executables only need to exist on the front end machine. We don't even
> need /bin/sh on the slave nodes.
> The system is usable with 64MB. 128MB or larger is preferred for serious
> The system is based around a common distribution e.g. RedHat. We replace
> the kernel, the C library and a handful of utilities (the last two are for
> LFS large file support). We add the cluster control programs, including a
> GUI, a custom MPI, etc.
> We will showing this distribution later this week in Atlanta at the Linux
> Showcase. If you won't be in Atlanta you can order a development preview
> CD-ROM distribution for only $2 from LinuxCentral at
> Donald Becker becker at scyld.com
> Scyld Computing Corporation http://www.scyld.com
> 410 Severn Ave. Suite 210 Second Generation Beowulf Clusters
> Annapolis MD 21403 410-990-9993
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I don't remember it, but I have it written down.
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