[Beowulf] Old versions of Linux

Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Sun Oct 28 16:40:38 PDT 2007

Sandip Dev wrote:
> I am totally new to clustering. It seems most clustering software like 
> OpenMosix need 2.4 kernel to work. Where can I get a older 2.4 kernel 
> based Linux? Any ideas. Also does MPICH and OpenMPI require 2.4 kernel 
> to run or do they run on 2.4? Also do these support 64 bit processors

Hello, Sandip.

I ported openMosix to Ubuntu and I use it on our Beowulf cluster. You 
can download my linux-2.4.26-om1 kernel debs for Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS:


Many people now say openMosix is dead, but that is not true. As long as 
there are people who use it and are bothered about supporting it then 
openMosix is still alive. Most of the criticism I've seen of openMosix 
on this list is from people who have never used it. I've used it a lot, 
and I find it a good solution for many of the 'embarrasingly' parallel 
problems I encounter in bioinformatics. We also run MPI under openMosix 
without any problems, and openMosix can load-balance the MPI processes.

There is no stable 64-bit support for openMosix, but the type of work 
openMosix is best suited to would not necessarily benefit from 64-bit.

Best wishes,

Dr. A.J.Travis,                     |  mailto:ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
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