Installing Linux (without CD/floppies)
hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Mon Feb 17 20:55:38 EST 2003
> >What's the best way to install Linux RedHat in a 40-node
> >Beowulf whose nodes don't have neither floppy nor
why *install* at all? so far at least, I'm booting my new cluster
entirely diskless. each node actually has a disk, but nothing is
installed on it - everything is PXE and NFS. obviously, this is
more network-intensive, but is it really an issue if your jobs last
for more than a couple minutes?
> As long as your network cards' support PXE (most do nowadays), then it is
is that really true? great if so! I haven't looked, but tend to only
expect builtin eth to support PXE...
> The only potentially laborious step is collecting the MAC address first and
> tweaking each BIOS to enable PXE booting.
dhcpd can allocate IPs from a pool; if you don't need stable IPs,
you don't need to collect the MAC...
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