[Beowulf] Should I go for diskless or not?

Jonathan Aquilina eagles051387 at gmail.com
Fri May 15 00:25:28 EDT 2009

also dont forget the more nodes you have booting off the master the
more access time your gonna need to do a pxe boot from the one master
node. if you plan on splitting things up once you notice a degredation
in booting performance and putting a certain number of nodes on each
master node that should help to disipate the pxe booting time needed
to boot all the nodes.

On 5/13/09, Dr Cool Santa <drcoolsanta at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a cluster of identical computers. We are planning to add more nodes
> later. I was thinking whether I should go the diskless nodes way or not?
> Diskless nodes seems as a really exciting, interesting and good option,
> however when I did it I needed to troubleshoot a lot. I did fix it up, but I
> had to redo the filesystem, but the past experiences didn't make much of a
> difference. I still need to fix up everything, I kinda need your help to
> decide.
> Also, performance wise, I was thinking that diskless is not a good option,
> and since performance matters . . .
> Can somebody outline the pros and cons of each or just give me thier
> opinion.

Jonathan Aquilina
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