[Beowulf] Selection of Beowulf cluster type
camm at enhanced.com
Wed Jan 21 09:22:54 EST 2004
Greetings! Just a brief plug for Debian here -- we've been using it
on our commercial cluster for many years and across several hardware
upgrades, and, after the initial installation, never futzing with the
software by hand other than 'apt-get install' and/or 'apt-get
dist-upgrade'! We're literally running the 'same installation'
automatically upgraded via apt through at least 3 or 4 Debian release
generations. And the quantity of parallel software available 'out of
the box' is enormous! I'll never forget the day I could just 'apt-get
install scalapack-lam-dev' and diagonalize huge matrices across the
cluster with hardly a hitch. As for the initial installation, some
people like FAI, though I have never tried it myself, as I've only had
to install once, and that was somewhere around 1995 ....
Lars Henriksen <lars at meshtechnologies.com> writes:
> On Tue, 2004-01-20 at 09:56, Per Lindstrom wrote:
> > Here I am not running for Slack for its own sake so I will use Slacware
> > up to two (2) nodes and when shifting to Debian when I'm connecting the
> > remaining nodes. I think it will stop at about 10 CPUs.
> > Until I have learned to manage Debian I will use the
> > "slack-rpm-transfer-tool" and it will be very interesting to benchmark
> > the two distros with each other.
> If you want to use Debian as the base distribution, I can recommend
> SytemImager as an installation tool.
> Sytemimager allows you to replicate an installed client via PXE/rsync to
> the remaining nodes. It also allows for updates to be distributed via
> rsync. A feature that i really like, is that it allows for the use of
> several different images.
> Also it scales pretty well (I had the pleasure of using it in a couple
> of 16-32 node configurations, as well as on our own cluster)
> IMO it is the easiest way to deal with smaller clusters (except maybe
> best regards
> Lars Henriksen | MESH-Technologies A/S
> Systems Manager & Consultant | Forskerparken 10
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