A question of OS!!

Joel Jaeggli joelja at darkwing.uoregon.edu
Thu Sep 25 13:07:36 EDT 2003


On Wed, 24 Sep 2003, Rocky McGaugh wrote:

> On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, Sarat C Maruvada wrote:
> 
> > Hi,I am planning on installing a 32 node beowulf cluster for high
> > performance bio-informatics applications. As a OS I was planning on
> > installing Red Hat Linux 9.0.But I had heard from somebody that SuSe Linux
> > has advantage in parallel computations. Having no hands-on experience in
> > SuSe Linux, I have no idea how to verify this or do a comparision. What do
> > you advice as the OS for the cluster? And how to determine this,as there
> > are a bunch of unix OSes out there.Thanks.
> > 
> > Sincerely,
> > Sarat.
> > 
> 
> First, I would strongly recommend against using RH9 in a production 
> environment. It is a short-life-cycle product meant for hobbyist desktops.
> More than that, it was a way to beta test some pretty radical OS changes 
> on the masses before their inclusion into RHEL3.

nptl anyone? ;)
 
> Secondly, if you are going to use Opteron there are very good reasons to 
> use SuSE Enterprise Linux (SLES) instead of RH9. SLES natively supports 
> the Opteron while RH9 will only run in 32-bit mode. SLES also has a 
> 5 or so year lifespan, versus the 1 year on RH9. SLES has preconfigured
> NUMA support for the Opteron.
> 
> If you wait another month, the RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 3
> will be out and has the same benefits as SLES.

you  can test the amd64 beta 2 of taroon right now if you so desire it's 
on ftp.redhat.com and the mirrors...


> 

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