[Beowulf] Joe Blaylock's notes on running a MacOS cluster, Nov. 2007
tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Wed Nov 21 02:09:53 EST 2007
On 21 Nov 2007, at 12:28 am, Geoff Jacobs wrote:
> Eugen Leitl wrote:
> <snip />
>> * Learn Darwin, in detail. Figure out the CLI way to do
>> and do it. In fact, forget Mac OS X; just use Darwin. Learn the
>> system's error codes, figure out how to manipulate fat binaries
>> (and how to strip them to make skinny ones), be able to
>> users, debug the executing binaries, etc. Consider looking into
>> the Apple disk imaging widget so you can boot the nodes
> That sounds a great deal like running a BSD or Linux cluster.
> I still don't know why OS X would be even considered for use on a
> cluster. The Apple kernel dev team has a central focus on graphical
> experience rather than raw performance. What has that to do with HPC?
I have to say I have some sympathy with that view. Much though I love
OS X as a desktop OS, I have to wonder why anyone would jump through
hoops building a cluster running just Darwin, when they could probably
have done it much more easily, and with much more community support,
if they used Linux... It just seems like a lot of extra pain and
difficulty for no tangible benefit.
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