[Beowulf] What services do you run on your cluster nodes?

Ashley Pittman apittman at concurrent-thinking.com
Tue Sep 23 04:56:38 EDT 2008


On Mon, 2008-09-22 at 15:44 -0400, Eric Thibodeau wrote:
> Ashley Pittman wrote:
> > On Mon, 2008-09-22 at 14:56 -0400, Eric Thibodeau wrote:

> > If it were up to me I'd turn *everything* possible off except sshd and
> > ntp.  The problem however is the maintenance cost of doing this, it's
> > fine if you've only got one cluster and one app but as soon as you try
> > to support multiple users on multiple distributions the cost of ensuring
> > everything is shut down on all of them skyrockets and it becomes easier
> > which is to stick with the status quo :(
> >   
> O_o...you mean you're still using local OS installations ... ew!

Well yes, we run a OS on the nodes, what would you propose instead?
We'll sell you a cluster either running of local disk or network boot
with ramdisk and some NFS, I actually prefer the former however.

Ashley Pittman.

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