Need Rocks cluster feedback

Laurence Liew laurenceliew at yahoo.com.sg
Wed Sep 17 14:31:14 EDT 2003


Hi,

You can get lam-mpi for Rocks from www.x2ca.com download section...

Cheers!
Laurence

On Wed, 2003-09-17 at 21:32, Robert Kane wrote:
> The experience I've had with Rocks has been fairly positive. For what
> it's worth though we're still using v2.3.2 and v3.0.
> 
> The pros for Rocks are generally the ease of use. Everything (OS and
> tools [excluding lam-mpi]) are included in one very straightforward
> package. Getting a cluster up and running is fairly quick. A quick linux
> install on the frontend and then a couple minutes for each node to
> install. Assuming no problems, getting our 64 node cluster from scratch
> to up and running shouldn't take more than half-day.
> 
> The cons. The above time estimate assumed that no problems occurred.
> When upgrading recently we did have some form of inexplicable glitch
> that caused the post-install configuration on the frontend to fail and
> have to be configured manually. I should point out that this error was
> the only time something like that has been known to happen. I should
> also point out that another pro to using Rocks is the helpful advice of
> the Rocks developers. When we had the above mentioned glitch, one of the
> developers graciously spent a fair amount of time making sure everything
> was working fine.
> 
> Robert Kane
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