[Beowulf] cluster building advice?

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Sep 17 12:52:45 PDT 2012


What distro are you most familiar with?  (and which supports your future applications)
Does it have a convenient way to do a mass update?


Jim Lux

From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Rossiter
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2012 2:52 PM
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: [Beowulf] cluster building advice?

Hello everyone!

I am getting started on a cluster building project at my university. We just replaced all of our lab machines so I am going to be using the old machines to rebuild our cluster. The intention is for the system to be used for scientific computation. I am trying to decide on a linux distribution to use. Does it matter all that much? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Book suggestions would help too. I am waiting to receive Building Clustered Linux Systems<http://www.amazon.com/Building-Clustered-Linux-Systems-Robert/dp/0131448536/ref=sr_1_20?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347832213&sr=1-20&keywords=building+linux+clusters> by Robert W. Lucke<http://www.amazon.com/Robert-W.-Lucke/e/B001IQXRT6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_20?qid=1347832213&sr=1-20> but my advisor for the project is concerned that it may be out of date for what we are doing. Please share your ideas. Thanks!

-Jeffrey Rossiter
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