[Beowulf] Re: Best Way to Use 48-cores For Undergrad Cluster?

Dave Love d.love at liverpool.ac.uk
Tue May 11 16:14:58 PDT 2010

Jon Forrest <jlforrest at berkeley.edu> writes:

> I see you can now get 48-cores in one 1U box.
> What do you think about running all the
> compute nodes as 1-core virtual machines on
> the one box?

I don't see how that would help unless you want to teach on a simulated
distributed system, but then you probably want multi-core VMs.

> Or, would you just run
> the machine with one OS and a SGE
> queue with 47 slots (with 1 core for the frontend)?

I would, modulo the above.  That's surely easiest, and probably the most
efficient way to run it, assuming the job mixture doesn't make
over-subscription useful.

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