A question of OS!!

Sarat C Maruvada csarat1 at uic.edu
Wed Sep 24 11:25:24 EDT 2003

Thanks to all of you for your replies. I will definetely keep in mind the
points you have mentioned before making a choice for the OS.Thank you once


Sarat Chandra Maruvada              830,S.Claremont Ave.,
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Prof. Florin Balasa,                Chicago,
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On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, Glen Kaukola wrote:

> Sarat C Maruvada wrote:
> >Hi,I am planning on installing a 32 node beowulf cluster for high
> >performance bio-informatics applications. As a OS I was planning on
> >installing Red Hat Linux 9.0.But I had heard from somebody that SuSe Linux
> >has advantage in parallel computations. Having no hands-on experience in
> >SuSe Linux, I have no idea how to verify this or do a comparision. What do
> >you advice as the OS for the cluster? And how to determine this,as there
> >are a bunch of unix OSes out there.Thanks.
> >
> One advantage I can think of that Suse might have is it's automated
> installation utility, autoyast I believe it's called.  While it's
> probably a little harder to set up, I think it would be a bit better
> than kickstart for installing Linux on a large number of machines.
> Actually though, some of the functionality of autoyast seemed to be
> broken to me, but again it's a lot more complicated than kickstart, so
> maybe it was just me.  You don't have to pay to use Suse's automatic
> update tool, but I think that this may change on Red Hat now that
> they've merged with Fedora.  The only other thing I can think of is that
> the Suse distribution seems to come with about twice as many packages to
> choose from.  Other than that, Linux is Linux, and you're not going to
> see much of a speed difference between either Suse or Red Hat.
> My two cents,
> Glen
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