[Beowulf] motherboards for diskless nodes
alvin at iplink.net
Fri Feb 25 09:22:05 PST 2005
Alpay Kasal wrote:
>Donald Becker just mentioned "RPL", I do believe that is what I was
>referring to in my last response.
>>PS: PXE is not the only embedded method of bootnic. I forget the other
>method but it's often paired with onboard realtek8139's, an old intel
>standard (?) which is useless these days but still found on some new
>motherboards. Maybe someone else here knows what I'm referring too.
RPL if I remember correctly was a IBM/Novell protocol for booting.
There are reports it can be made to boot linux directly but I had it
boot an etherboot image.
Etherboot is another boot protocol that in some use I have a funny
feeling it was based on a Sun protocol that was around before open boot.
Etherboot can be put into non PXE flash bioses and has support for
things like serial console. There could be an argument made to rip the
PXE out of your new motherboard BIOS and replace it with etherboot.
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