[Beowulf] best linux distribution

Buccaneer for Hire. buccaneer at rocketmail.com
Mon Oct 8 11:34:52 PDT 2007

--- Mike Davis <jmdavis1 at vcu.edu> wrote:

> I don't see this as a problem in a production
> cluster. The fact is that 
> I've been doing this stuff for a little over two
> decades and I can build 
> anything that I need for an application. For me a
> manual library build 
> for CentOs 3 is easier than trying to find support
> for FC4 or 
> reinstalling FC 1x per year. My CentOs 3 nodes have
> had less than 2hours 
> downtime in 2 years and that was due to a Power
> Upgrade at their 
> location, that required a complete shutdown of all
> machines on the floor.
> Now I should say, that I don't use diskless nodes,
> each node has its own 
> OS disk and most have a separate /tmp disk for
> scratch use. That is one 
> reason that we differ on OS, I believe.

You should use what works best for you.

But, building software on RHEL/CentOS is way more
difficult for the most part than building software
under Fedora.  That's the difference between ~1200
programs and thousands of programs in a distro. 

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