[Beowulf] RH Update 1 Announcement

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Sun Dec 21 18:33:55 EST 2003

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On Sun, 21 Dec 2003 06:16 am, Joe Landman wrote:

> Who is going to support the x86_64 platforms?  RH and SUSE are obvious,
> but I think that cAos, ROCKS, CLIC, Gentoo, et al may/will support
> x86_64.  Has anyone compiled a list yet?

Data points that I'm aware off (apart from SuSE and RHEL):

NPACI Rocks - 3.1 due out Real Soon Now (tm) (maybe this week) will be rebuild 
from trademark-stripped RHEL SRPMS (as Redhat require) and will support 
Opterons as well as the previous IA32 and IA64 architectures.

Mandrake 9.2 for AMD64 - currently at RC1 and freely downloadable for Opterons 
and Athlon64 processors.

Gentoo's AMD64 support sounds distinctly early beta-ish from their technical 
notes at http://dev.gentoo.org/~brad_mssw/amd64-tech-notes.html - there's 
also a report (no details) of a successful install at 

Debian likewise sounds like a work in progress, the port home page is at 
http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/ and there's an FAQ linked from it which 
gives a lot more information. Of course, given the recent compromise of 
Debian systems the development may be more advanced than the web pages.

The cAos website lists AMD64 as a target, but the download sites only list 
i386 for the moment.

TurboLinux now supports Opterons with the release of their AMD64 Update Kit at 
http://www.turbolinux.com/products/tl8a/tl8a_uk/ - I guess this shouldn't be 
suprising as they're a UnitedLinux distro just like SuSE is. Connectia 
(another UL distro) doesn't seem to, although their website is in Spanish and 
I had to guess what the search form was. :-)

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 Christopher Samuel - (03)9925 4751 - VPAC Systems & Network Admin
 Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing http://www.vpac.org/
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