[Beowulf] Selection of Beowulf cluster type

Per Lindstrom klamman.gard at telia.com
Mon Jan 19 15:46:27 EST 2004


Robert G. Brown wrote:

>On Mon, 19 Jan 2004, Per Lindstrom wrote:
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>>I will most probably go for the Warewulf as it should be possible to use 
>>the Linux distro I'm used to (Slackware) and  I think that is quite 
>>important as it allways cost time to change "environment".
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>>Or is that a blind trace?
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>Speaking personally as a person who started with slackware (a fairly
>long time ago) and moved on, I think that you should STRONGLY consider
>moving to an RPM-based distribution.  Red Hat, or in the future Fedora
>(for example) installed with kickstart via PXE and maintained with yum
>approach the theoretical limit in operating system scalability.  As in,
>to install a system one turns it on.  To update a system one does
>nothing (a nightly cron script does it for you).  To install or browse
>new software from an RPM repository one uses a single command with a
>very efficient interface.
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>Debian also scales much better than slackware.  Slackware was OK for
>single systems or small networks, but it won't do for hundreds of LAN
>boxes and beowulf nodes per administrator.  RPM-based distros will.
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>>Best regards
>>Per Lindström
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It gives that I should jump from Slack to Fedora or Debian, which distro 
is scaling best?

Best regards
Per Lindstrom
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