Linux Cluster New User

Andrew Shewmaker shewa at inel.gov
Mon Jan 28 11:11:41 EST 2002


Prant,

First, have your read the FAQ 
(http://www.canonical.org/~kragen/beowulf-faq.txt)
linked to from beowulf.org?

It sounds like you have a pre-existing network of workstations that you 
want to run
parallel applications on.  In this case, you probably want to install an 
implementation of
a parallel environment like MPI or PVM.  The fastest way (for you) would 
be to find rpm
packages of MPICH or LAM-MPI (for MPI) and PVM.  You probably have one
or more of these packages if you have the CDs, but you can also look at 
rpmfind.net

It is also easy to install these packages from source.
http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/mpi/mpich/
http://www.lam-mpi.org
http://www.csm.ornl.gov/pvm/


You will also probably want a way to execute the same command across the
entire cluster.  Mandrake comes with a useful tool called pconsole
http://www.heiho.net/pconsole/.  You may also want to try Scalable Unix 
Tools http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/sut/.  Another is 
http://www.vais.net/~efinch/global.html
There are others.  I just remembered http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~bnc/rexec/


Of course a cluster distribution will generally have all of this (and 
more) figured out for you.

http://www.scyld.com
http://rocks.npaci.edu
http://www.opensce.org
http://oscar.sourceforge.net/software.php


prashs08 at eng.uab.edu wrote:

>Hello everyone,
>
>I'm new to this world, I'm trying to build a Linux cluster, can anyone
>suggest the best approach, I got about 16 nodes to be setup in my system.
>I'm running redhat 7.2 and mandrake 8.1.
>
>Please send me links also where I can learn more.
>
>Thank you in advance
>
>Prant
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