[Beowulf] SATA II - PXE+NFS - diskless compute nodes

Michael Will mwill at penguincomputing.com
Mon Dec 11 19:14:43 EST 2006


Scyld CW4 is based on RHEL4 and also supported on Centos 4. That does
not give you different
operating systems though, just flexible deployment of RHEL4 based HPC
compute nodes. 

Note that we had to reimplement the PXE boot part to allow reasonable
scaling. 

Michael

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Eric Shook
Sent: Saturday, December 09, 2006 11:28 AM
To: Buccaneer for Hire.
Cc: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] SATA II - PXE+NFS - diskless compute nodes

Not to diverge this conversation, but has anyone had any experience
using this pxe boot / nfs model with a rhel variant?  I have been
wanting to do a nfs root or ramdisk model for some-time but our software
stack requires a rhel base so Scyld and Perceus most likely will not
work (although I am still looking into both of them to make sure)

Thanks for any help,
Eric Shook

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because I would really like to see us with the ability to change OSs and
OS Personalities as needed.  The question I have is with 2000+ compute
nodes what kind of infrastructure do I need to support this?
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