Hi Brian, Andrew and Joe,<br><br>Thanks very much for all the info. I'll be sure to follow them up and drop in more questions when I hit a hurdle.<br><br>I'd picked gentoo because I'm already familiar with it - I have been using it as my sole OS at home for about 18 months, at work where ever possible and found it immensly customizable.
<br><br>Thanks again and I look forward to asking more focused questions in future.<br><br>Cheers,<br><br>Alan.<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 2/6/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Joe Landman</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">
email@example.com</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">Hi Alan:<br><br>Alan Jones wrote:<br>> Hi All,
<br>><br>> I'll start by introducing myself being my first post on the list. As the<br>> header suggests my name is Alan - I'm head of R&D at a production<br>> (visual effects) house in London.<br>><br>
> I'm currently looking into developing a cluster to perform fluid<br>> simulation and google, while providing plenty of information, hasn't<br>> shown what I'm after.<br><br>Great, you found the right group...<br>
<br>><br>> The first part I'm looking for is how I'd go about using gentoo as my<br>> base platform for putting together a cluster.<br><br>Hmmm... without intending to start a distribution war here, is there a<br>
particular business reason why you want to use gentoo (in-house<br>expertise, ...)? If you are not rebuilding the nodes from scratch, you<br>may have an easier time with one of the other distributions (RH, SuSE,<br>...). Source based distributions may not be generally the best for a
<br>cluster environment, though I am sure that someone is using this and<br>will happily contradict me.<br><br>You might be able to adapt Warewulf to Gentoo, though that could be an<br>exciting (e.g. not in a good way) project. You might be able to get FAI
<br>or LUI or any number of other installers going. That is only part of<br>the battle though.<br><br>> The other question is whether there's any existing open source projects<br>> for navier stokes on beowulf out there as I'd rather spend my
<br>> development efforts contributing to an existing project.<br><br>Search on <a href="http://Freshmeat.net">Freshmeat.net</a>. There might be some CFD engines out there.<br><br>><br>> Cheers,<br>><br>> Alan.
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