[Beowulf] SGI to offer Windows on clusters

Mike Davis jmdavis1 at vcu.edu
Mon Apr 16 07:24:38 EDT 2007


Andy,

Debian is a possibility. I know that my friends in the UK and throughout 
Europe like it.

We have been running CentOS for our current lifecycle of Opteron 
machines. It is a trivial job to get most of the scientific software 
that we run operational (including several commercial packages which 
shall remain unamed). It does a good job on the hardware. We have an 
install time of less than 30 minutes per node.It is supported for at 
least one machine life cycle. In short, it works for our purposes.

But, I'm open to change as long as that change brings improvement.


Mike

Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:

>On Sun, Apr 15, 2007 at 10:01:58PM -0500, Mike Davis wrote:
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>
>>Joe is right about the stability factor.
>>
>>Stability, stability, stability.
>>
>>
>>Mike Davis
>>
>>
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>Debian: released every 18 months - two years. Guaranteed to support 
>previous version for a year after release. Seamless upgrade path - well, 
>nearly :) 
>
>17,740 packages in Debian main. Pure 64 bit distribution. Some
>Beowulf-type software already packed. Runs out of the box on 
>Alpha/Sun/AMD64 (and will deal with legacy 32 bit hardware 
>identically so that you can have the same app. on cluster and desktops
>if you really must.) 
>
>Supported by (at least) HP (and IBM if you ask them) on their hardware.
>
>Licence cost $0, annual Linux vendor support fee cost $0. Network 
>updates readily available from more than one mirror site per country 
>where feasible.
> 
>What's not to like ? :)
>
>This very quickly, as I must get dressed for work. I'd like to come back 
>to this point in more detail later.
>
>Andy
>
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