[Beowulf] Beowulf, Gentoo and Navier Stokes solvers

Alan Jones skyphyr at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 17:03:17 EST 2006


Hi Brian, Andrew and Joe,

Thanks very much for all the info. I'll be sure to follow them up and drop
in more questions when I hit a hurdle.

I'd picked gentoo because I'm already familiar with it - I have been using
it as my sole OS at home for about 18 months, at work where ever possible
and found it immensly customizable.

Thanks again and I look forward to asking more focused questions in future.

Cheers,

Alan.

On 2/6/06, Joe Landman <landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Alan:
>
> Alan Jones wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I'll start by introducing myself being my first post on the list. As the
> > header suggests my name is Alan - I'm head of R&D at a production
> > (visual effects) house in London.
> >
> > I'm currently looking into developing a cluster to perform fluid
> > simulation and google, while providing plenty of information, hasn't
> > shown what I'm after.
>
> Great, you found the right group...
>
> >
> > The first part I'm looking for is how I'd go about using gentoo as my
> > base platform for putting together a cluster.
>
> Hmmm... without intending to start a distribution war here, is there a
> particular business reason why you want to use gentoo (in-house
> expertise, ...)?  If you are not rebuilding the nodes from scratch, you
> may have an easier time with one of the other distributions (RH, SuSE,
> ...).  Source based distributions may not be generally the best for a
> cluster environment, though I am sure that someone is using this and
> will happily contradict me.
>
> You might be able to adapt Warewulf to Gentoo, though that could be an
> exciting (e.g. not in a good way) project.  You might be able to get FAI
> or LUI or any number of other installers going.  That is only part of
> the battle though.
>
> > The other question is whether there's any existing open source projects
> > for navier stokes on beowulf out there as I'd rather spend my
> > development efforts contributing to an existing project.
>
> Search on Freshmeat.net.  There might be some CFD engines out there.
>
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Alan.
> >
> >
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