[Beowulf] Linux cluster for my college

Sandip Dev dev.sandip at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 10:16:38 EDT 2007


Thanks a lot...We are going ahead with it..Wish me luck

On 4/8/07, Mark Hahn <hahn at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
>
> >  We are planning to set up a linux cluster on trail basis in our
> > college.Since its merely a trail,we have been alloted PIII PCs with 128
> MB
> > Ram and 40 GB HD on a 100 MBps LAN.All i want to know is,will this
> hardware
> > support a cluster? Moreover which distro/software to begin with?  If
> this
> > trial succeeds we will get whatever hardware we want.But I just want
> this
> > trial to succeed.Please help me.
>
> I say you should keep it simple.  just install some basic distro like
> centos on all the nodes (just a minimal install - you DEFINITELY don't
> want all the gui/user/etc junk).  make sure you have ssh, but you can
> skip everything desktop-related.  install mpich.  be happy.
>
> if you're familiar with Linux, ssh and mpich, this should take not much
> time
> at all.  things like monitoring and management are wonderful things, and
> necessary for any significant-sized cluster, but certainly not for a
> proof-of-concept.  with 128M PIII's, the examples you'll be able to
> demonstrate will be quite small, but still believable if you avoid extras.
>
> regards, mark hahn.
>


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