Beowulf & VMWare

Donald Becker becker at scyld.com
Wed Oct 30 19:45:38 EST 2002


On Wed, 30 Oct 2002, Robert G. Brown wrote:
> On Wed, 30 Oct 2002, Donald Becker wrote:
> > On Wed, 30 Oct 2002, Marquardt, Paul wrote:
> > 
> > > The organization I work for has been toying with the idea of server
> > > consolidation. 
> > > 
> > > One of the scenarios presented by the group was to build a Beowulf cluster
> > > and use VMWare GSX Server to partition it. 
> > We've done that ....
>
> There are two other things worth noting.  One is that grub provides a
> limited, but much cheaper way of "toggling" a system between different
> operating systems according to, say, a schedule (beowulf node by night,
> windows workstation by day).

Hmmm, what new feature does Grub have over LILO for this? 

This also addresses a different problem.  Rebooting the machine to
switch applications is time consuming and unreliable, and it doesn't
allow dynamic load balancing or consistent control.


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Donald Becker				becker at scyld.com
Scyld Computing Corporation		http://www.scyld.com
410 Severn Ave. Suite 210		Scyld Beowulf cluster system
Annapolis MD 21403			410-990-9993

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