[Beowulf] SGI to offer Windows on clusters

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Mon Apr 16 07:24:45 EDT 2007

On 16 Apr 2007, at 12:24 pm, Mike Davis wrote:

> Andy,
> Debian is a possibility. I know that my friends in the UK and  
> throughout Europe like it.

Debian's what we use on our 1,500 CPU cluster.  I'm biassed, since  
I'm a Debian Developer, but we found a lot of things easier to get  
working on Debian than on some other distros (multipath SAN, for  

It also has some advantages if you have a mixed architecture cluster  
(like ours, which has X86, X86_64 and IA64 nodes), since Debian keep  
their architectures synchronised, so the version of a package is  
always the same on the various architectures.

But at the end of the day it doesn't matter much - any decent distro  
can be made to work.

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