[Beowulf] OS for 64 bit AMD
dag at sonsorol.org
Thu Mar 31 09:34:24 PST 2005
I second Joe's comments.
All of our Opteron systems run Suse 9.2 by default and we use Centos-4
for "Redhat" compatible functionality when required since Redhat has
explicitly chosen to price themselves out of the cluster market for
everything except 2-way 32bit boxes.
Suse 9.1/9.2 on Opteron and Suse Enterprise Linux (SLES 8/9) on Itanium
Systems (meaning our SGI Altix) have been extremely stable and useful in
our work. Highly recommended.
Joe Landman wrote:
> Hi Mike:
> Opterons will do better with a 2.6 kernel (2.6.9 and higher). If you
> are going to use RHEL, you might want to look at Rocks (RHEL3 based) or
> Warewulf which should be able to sit atop RHEL4. If you want to use a
> Redhat work-alike, you might want to look closely at Centos4.
> I am sure others will take issue with this, but I would strongly
> advise against using a rolling beta OS (FC-x) as the basis for a
> production cycle machine. If it is a purely experimental cluster, go
> for it. If it is supposed to provide cycles to a wide group, you might
> look more closely at a supported/supportable distribution.
> We have had good luck with SuSE 9.x (x>=1), RHEL3, CentosX on clusters
> using a variety of meta-distributions (warewulf, Rocks, others). Most
> of our customers seem to prefer the RHEL series, so we tend to work with
> that more than others, but YMMV.
> Mike Davis wrote:
>> What OSes are Opteron clusters out there running. Is anyone running
>> FC2 on opterons?
>> I'm looking at opterons for our next cluster, but I'm not sure about
>> what OS to run. Thus far we've been with RH and or RHAS. But, the next
>> cluster will be big and I'm just not sure what we should run.
>> Mike Davis
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