[Beowulf] OS for 64 bit AMD

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Thu Mar 31 12:16:01 EST 2005


Hi Mike:

   Opterons will do better with a 2.6 kernel (2.6.9 and higher).  If you 
are going to use RHEL, you might want to look at Rocks (RHEL3 based) or 
Warewulf which should be able to sit atop RHEL4.  If you want to use a 
Redhat work-alike, you might want to look closely at Centos4.

   I am sure others will take issue with this, but I would strongly 
advise against using a rolling beta OS (FC-x) as the basis for a 
production cycle machine.  If it is a purely experimental cluster, go 
for it.  If it is supposed to provide cycles to a wide group, you might 
look more closely at a supported/supportable distribution.

   We have had good luck with SuSE 9.x (x>=1), RHEL3, CentosX on 
clusters using a variety of meta-distributions (warewulf, Rocks, 
others).  Most of our customers seem to prefer the RHEL series, so we 
tend to work with that more than others, but YMMV.

joe

Mike Davis wrote:
> What OSes are Opteron clusters out there running. Is anyone running FC2 
> on opterons?
> 
> I'm looking at opterons for our next cluster, but I'm not sure about 
> what OS to run. Thus far we've been with RH and or RHAS. But, the next 
> cluster will be big and I'm just not sure what we should run.
> 
> Mike Davis
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