[Beowulf] large scratch space on cluster
atchley at myri.com
Tue Sep 29 13:39:05 EDT 2009
On Sep 29, 2009, at 1:13 PM, Scott Atchley wrote:
> On Sep 29, 2009, at 10:09 AM, Jörg Saßmannshausen wrote:
>> However, I was wondering whether it does make any sense to somehow
>> that scratch space to other nodes (4 cores only). So, the idea
>> behind that
>> is, if I need a vast amount of scratch space, I could use the one
>> in the 8
>> core node (the one I mentioned above). I could do that with nfs but
>> I got the
>> feeling it will be too slow. Also, I only got GB ethernet at hand,
>> so I
>> cannot use some other networks here. Is there a good way of doing
>> that? Some
>> words like i-scsi and cluster-FS come to mind but to be honest, up
>> to now I
>> never really worked with them.
>> Any ideas?
>> All the best
> I am under the impression that NFS can saturate a gigabit link.
> If for some reason that it cannot, you might want to try PVFS2 (http://www.pvfs.org
> ) over Open-MX (http://www.open-mx.org).
I should add that PVFS2 is meant to separate the metdata from IO and
have mulitple IO servers. You can run it a single server with both
metadata and IO, but it may not be much different than NFS.
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