A question of OS!!

Sarat C Maruvada csarat1 at uic.edu
Wed Sep 24 12:51:58 EDT 2003

   After going through the mails, I have noticed that most of SuSe
"advantages" are specific to AMD Opteron processors,mainly because of 64
bit support. Actually the specification of the cluster uses an
Athlon XP 2600+.
  Also since some of you have mentioned,I think it is also prudent to
look into cluster distributions (like ROCK for example)..And clearly
waiting for RHEL seems like a very good option.Once thing is clear
though,no RH 9.0 :-)....
Thanks once again.


Sarat Chandra Maruvada              830,S.Claremont Ave.,
Research Assistant, CS Dept.,       #2,
Prof. Florin Balasa,                Chicago,
SEO 937,                            IL - 60612.
UIC.                                Ph: 312-850-9711.

On Wed, 24 Sep 2003, Rocky McGaugh wrote:

> On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, 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.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Sarat.
> >
> First, I would strongly recommend against using RH9 in a production
> environment. It is a short-life-cycle product meant for hobbyist desktops.
> More than that, it was a way to beta test some pretty radical OS changes
> on the masses before their inclusion into RHEL3.
> Secondly, if you are going to use Opteron there are very good reasons to
> use SuSE Enterprise Linux (SLES) instead of RH9. SLES natively supports
> the Opteron while RH9 will only run in 32-bit mode. SLES also has a
> 5 or so year lifespan, versus the 1 year on RH9. SLES has preconfigured
> NUMA support for the Opteron.
> If you wait another month, the RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 3
> will be out and has the same benefits as SLES.
> --
> Rocky McGaugh
> Atipa Technologies
> rocky at atipatechnologies.com
> rmcgaugh at atipa.com
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