Which cluster to use?

Curtas, Anthony R. ANTHONY.R.CURTAS at saic.com
Wed Sep 18 08:05:16 PDT 2002

I am setting up a cluster (albeit very slowly) in our computer lab.

We have good compilers from Absoft and Portland Group that support parallel
execution.  However, they are running on RedHat 7.3 with the 2.4 kernel.

I had a 3 node test system using the Sycld basic setup; but it would not run
any of our software due to a glibc mismatch (the version with the 2.4 kernel
was incompatible with the special Sycld version for RedHat 6.3).

So, I have been doing more research and found Oscar and a few other options,
including just using pvm, mpich, and lam on standard installations.

I like the Oscar and Sycld idea of having the network see one machine and
then just doling out jobs to the slave nodes.

Does anyone have other suggestions?  Or is it going to be a while before we
have what we need for a RH7.3 cluster?


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