[Beowulf] SGI to offer Windows on clusters
jmdavis1 at vcu.edu
Mon Apr 16 14:16:19 EDT 2007
Robert G. Brown wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Apr 2007, Mike Davis wrote:
>> one desire is supported stability. My number two desire is speed.
>> Maybe this philosophy comes from all of my years in unix world (21 and
>> counting), but the idea of standardizing on something that has the
>> limited longterm support of FC scares me. We regulalry run nodes for
>> years without reboot.
> You do, of course, see the oxymoron inherent in this statement. You
> regularly run nodes for years without a reboot. Hence after the nodes
> are installed and stabilized (something that will almost certainly take
> place during the period where FC is in fact well supported) support
> becomes irrelevant, because the distro is stable and "just works".
Actually I don't think that its an oxymoron, though I have occasionally
had my behavior described as moronic. The fact that nodes run for more
than a year does not necessarily mean that we might not need to update
them from a supported distro at some point. It happens occasionally.
As an administrator of centrally operated clusters, I particularly don't
want to have to deal with an issue brought about by a problem on an OS
that is past it's support. It just isn't worth it to me technically or
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