[Beowulf] best linux distribution

Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Tue Oct 9 05:42:18 PDT 2007

Bogdan Costescu wrote:
> On Mon, 8 Oct 2007, Robert G. Brown wrote:
>> RHEL/Centos are good where vendors require "binary compatibility" on 
>> closed source software, as the standard of said binary compatibility.
> What strikes me in this whole discussion is the ideea of 'one 
> distribution fits all' when applied to all nodes of a cluster and all 
> applications that run on that cluster. In the days of PXE booting, with 
> several solutions readily available for either building a node from 
> scratch (like kickstart) or booting a prebuilt setup with NFS-root or 
> ramdisk, what's so difficult in matching on request a node, an 
> application and a distribution/custom setup ?
 > [...]

Hello, Bogdan.

I use a combination of PXE booting, NFSROOT and ClusterNFS to set up 
individual 'dataless' nodes the way I want - I'm using UNFS3, with 
ClusterNFS extensions:


I know NFS gets a panning on this list, but it suits our needs!

Best wishes,

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