[Beowulf] best linux distribution

Buccaneer for Hire. buccaneer at rocketmail.com
Mon Oct 8 16:05:47 PDT 2007

--- Tony Travis <ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk> wrote:

> We support VNC logins via SSH, and use lots of
> desktop applications. I 
> realise this influences my view about what is the
> 'best' distribution, 
> and why the package manager is so important. This is
> a small (92 node) 
> cluster, not 'BIG' iron like many people on this
> list run! However, it's 
> fairly typical of the sort of DIY cluster the
> discussion is about...

I use packages as much as I can and will spend the
time building RPMS is needed-because of all the
benefits it brings to the table.  YUM is great.  The
new versions of RHEL will now be using YUM as well.

I think how you manage and maintain your cluster
(whatever the size) determines if you go home at a
reasonable hour and get to stay home on weekends.  And
it determines how much processing is performed-and
that after all is why we have our jobs.

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