diskless nodes? (was Re: Xbox clusters?)

Stepan Kruglikov skruglik1 at home.com
Wed Dec 5 21:00:20 PST 2001


Good question. Could you briefly describe how one configures swap over the
network in Scyld?

Thank you

----- Original Message -----
From: "Velocet" <math at velocet.ca>
To: <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 11:10 PM
Subject: diskless nodes? (was Re: Xbox clusters?)

> On Wed, Dec 05, 2001 at 03:40:01PM -0800, Brian LaMere's all...
> > I spent less than $100,000 on a 48 node dual-1ghz p3 cluster with 2gb
> > each, and hot-swappable 18gb 15krpm drives (all in a 1-U rackmounted
> > footprint!).  Of course, I cheated at the time (VA linux firesale)...but
> > could do the same thing again for about $125,000 in today's prices with
> > systems that someone else builds, and has a year warranty.
> >
> > advancedclustering.com, for instance.  For $2537, you get dual p3- 1ghz
> > 18gb 10krpm hotswap scsi, and 2 gb ram.  All in a 1-U package, all with
a 1
> > year warranty.  Extended warranties available.
> Wondering why everyone gets local drives here - do you people have
> computational software that needs to write scratch or swap faster than
> 100Mbps (12.5MB/s) or even GBE (125MB/s theoretical, 35-50MB/s actual)?
> that fast enough?
> Why arent diskless netbooting clusters more popular?
> /kc
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