[Beowulf] Anybody using Redhat HPC Solution in their Beowulf
Ellis H. Wilson III
ellis at runnersroll.com
Thu Oct 28 07:09:25 PDT 2010
On 10/27/10 12:32, Lux, Jim (337C) wrote:
> I don't know about this model.
> This is like developing software on prototype hardware. The hardware guys and gals keep wanting to change the hardware, and the software developers complain that their software keeps breaking, or that the hardware is buggy (and it is).
I wasn't suggesting the CS guys affect the correctness of the stack or
kernel, my comment was purely performance-specific:
"CS guys...can once in a while trace workloads, test new load balancing
mechanisms, try different kernel settings for performance, etc."
Obviously if you are altering things that endanger the correctness of
the scientific workload people will be upset. If your tracer fails,
your load balancer degrades performance slightly, or your new cache
replacement policy sucks then the program might run slow but it should
> But I don't think the CS guys would drool over the possibility of administering a cluster. The CS guys get to be sysadmin/maintenance types...not very fun for them, and not the kind of work that would work for their dissertation.
The difficulty I have getting access to alter and research root-level
stuff on clusters is so great that administration by me or my adviser
would allow my dissertation to move forward much more rapidly. Instead
systems researchers try and simulate large systems, which as you can
imagine often leads to inaccurate or downright incorrect results and
Frankly, I'd be the rock-star of the CS department if I had
administrative control of a reasonably-sized cluster. Everyone (in CS)
would be coming to me to get their research done. So it requires a
little administration?? With all my spare cycles not having to write
simulation codes for an entire I/O stack it would be totally worth it.
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