[Beowulf] What services do you run on your cluster nodes?

Eric Thibodeau kyron at neuralbs.com
Tue Sep 23 19:58:09 PDT 2008

Ashley Pittman wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-09-22 at 15:44 -0400, Eric Thibodeau wrote:
>> Ashley Pittman wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2008-09-22 at 14:56 -0400, Eric Thibodeau wrote:
>>> If it were up to me I'd turn *everything* possible off except sshd and
>>> ntp.  The problem however is the maintenance cost of doing this, it's
>>> fine if you've only got one cluster and one app but as soon as you try
>>> to support multiple users on multiple distributions the cost of ensuring
>>> everything is shut down on all of them skyrockets and it becomes easier
>>> which is to stick with the status quo :(
>> O_o...you mean you're still using local OS installations ... ew!
> Well yes, we run a OS on the nodes, what would you propose instead?
Aw come on, you know what I meant by this.
> We'll sell you a cluster either running of local disk or network boot
> with ramdisk and some NFS, I actually prefer the former however.
Well, it's one of those "it depends" with size Vs Power Vs Cooling Vs 
manageability Vs network fabric optimization question.
> Ashley Pittman

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