[Beowulf] first cluster[B
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Fri Jul 9 16:11:18 PDT 2010
>>> Debian (lenny)
>> why? centos is generally considered the safest choice,
>> unless you're religiously committed to debian.
> Almost religiously. I have found it a very stable platform for
> everything up to clusters.
OK. you should know that the stability comes from linux itself
and the underlying user-level packages, which have nothing to do
with the distro (any of them).
> I believe fai can do a variety of install-types, including diskful,
> and nfs root. But then, I am still in the planning stage, and have no
> practical experience.
well, the thing about nfs root is that there's almost no installation,
per se. if you wanted, you could boot the nodes off a live master's
root filesystem. normally, master and node images are kept mostly
separate, though, because it's handy to avoid entangling them
(ie, you may not want mysql-server installed on compute nodes, but
only on the master, etc. or just different versions.)
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