Fwd: Re: beowulf cluster configuration.

Ron Chen ron_chen_123 at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 21 16:38:39 EDT 2001


It is nice to have a batch-queueing system installed
for your cluster.

You should get Sun Grid Engine (SGE) or OpenPBS.

SGE: www.sun.com/gridware
PBS: www.openpbs.com

Both are free. The venders offer free support (web
page and mailing lists), but you can pay for email and
7x24 telephone support.

Currently, SGE is only available for Linux and
Solaris. (Other OSes are ready but Sun doesn't want to
release them yet) Early next week, Sun will annonce
the open source plan at the O'Reilly Open Souce
Convention.

OpenPBS offers the source code, and it supports over
10 different OSes. You can get the commerical version
if you want, call PBSPro. If you do not want to pay
but require more features, you can checkout the
Patches/Utilities/Extensions available at:

http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/openpbs/

One of them is the web interface, which can help your
users to use the cluster.

-Ron


--- Pedro Díaz Jiménez <pdiaz88 at terra.es> wrote:
> > From: Pedro Díaz Jiménez <pdiaz88 at terra.es>
> > To: "Archana Mallajosyula"
> <archanam at infovation.com>,
> > <beowulf at beowulf.org>
> > Subject: Re: beowulf cluster configuration.
> > Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 15:02:07 +0000
> > 
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> > On Saturday 21 July 2001 12:27, Archana
> Mallajosyula wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > >
> > > I have a query regarding establishing a Beowulf
> cluster.
> > >
> > > My company wants to create a cluster using a set
> of PCs. I am new
> > to this
> > > project, and from what I've seen so far, we need
> to configure one
> > of the
> > > PCs as a Front-end and the rest work in a client
> capacity. correct
> > me if I
> > > am wrong.
> > >
> > > Now assuming the above architecture, I need to
> know, will we need
> > > Linux(RedHat,SuSe,etc) installed on all our PCs
> in the cluster or
> > is it
> > > sufficient to install it on the main (front end)
> machine. Also, how
> > does
> > > Beowulf work? Do we need to install a
> RedHat/Suse version of Linux
> > (which
> > > Beowulf will perform kernel modifcations on)or
> does Beowulf have
> > its own
> > > Linux that can be installed?
> > hi,
> > 
> > You'll need an operating system (linux, freebsd or
> whatever you
> > choose) on 
> > each of the nodes. A beowulf cluster is more a
> conceptual design than
> > an 
> > specific implementation. It's about taking a pile
> of PC and, with the
> > 
> > adecuate programming techniques, convert it to
> look like a massive
> > parallel 
> > computer. 
> > 
> > It's important to know that you will have to
> provide somehow the 
> > infrastructure to make this happen. You'll have to
> choose your
> > programming 
> > technique, your system configuration, etc... There
> are several
> > solutions out 
> > there which provide almost out-of-the-box beowulf
> solutions. Take a
> > look at 
> > Scyld (http://www.scyld.com). What I want to
> express is that the
> > application 
> > you are trying to run on a beowulf won't run
> faster if it's not
> > somehow 
> > designed or modified to run in parallel
> > 
> > http://www.beowulf.org is a good place to start
> looking for more
> > information
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Take a look at the documentation links at planet
> cluster:
> >
> http://planetcluster.org/links.php?op=viewlink&cid=2
> > 
> > more concretely, at the newbie links section:
> >
>
http://planetcluster.org/links.php?op=viewslink&sid=4
> > 
> > links to other cluster sites with information
> here: 
> >
> http://planetcluster.org/links.php?op=viewlink&cid=3
> > 
> >  
> > Hope this helps
> > 
> > Pedro
> > >
> > > I hope to get some replies soon, as I am really
> struggling to find
> > these
> > > answers. I have just subscribed to the group, so
> please point out
> > if this
> > > issue has previously been addressed.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance,
> > > Archana
> > 
> > 
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