[Beowulf] bonic projects on a cluster

Carsten Aulbert carsten.aulbert at aei.mpg.de
Fri Mar 21 03:11:33 EDT 2008


Hi,

Jon Aquilina wrote:
> has anyone setup a cluster to be used with the analysis of decently 
> sized boinc project data sets. do they integrate nicely into a cluster 
> environment?

Yes, Einstein @ Home has been used for this. Either as a backfill when 
no job was running on the node(core) or as a continuous job maximally 
niced in the background. Usually the memory footprint is not too harsh, 
thus there is not much of a problem there.

However, if running Linux, be advised to stay away from the completely 
fair scheduler. this tends to give too many cycles to the job if other 
jobs are running at the same time (as a different user).

Another note: Just make sure that the nodes can talk to the servers, 
i.e. either give the nodes a gateway to talk to the world or provide 
them with a http-proxy.

HTH

Carsten
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