how to build a small Beowulf cluster
SGaudet at turbotekcomputer.com
Mon Feb 4 07:49:30 PST 2002
> >> I am new to this mailing list.
> >> Also it's my first time to build "small" cluster alone
> for school's
> >> project.
> >> Only 2 linux machines , one is master and the other is the node.
> >> Their CPU - P4 1.76Hz, 80GB in HD, 1GB memory.
> >> One has SMC EZ NIC card, the other has Intel Pro 10/100 NIC Card.
> >> I surfed lots web sites, including
> www.beowulf-underground.org and
> >> www.xtreme-machines.com.
> >> BUT, I still have no idea how/where to start!!
> >> Can some one point a way for me?
> >> I'll be appreciated!!
> >You can start here;
> >http://www.scyld.com which is cluster distribution
> Whilst these are all very worthy websites ,they all describe
> 'solutions' to Linux clustering and so are really beyond the
> scope of a
> school project.
> More importantly, all the guts are clustering is 'hidden' so
> he wouldn't
> learn much!
Your right sorry, should of broke it down more. This might help;
> To get started with a 2 node system, I would suggest the
> minimum is to:
> 1. install say RH7.2 on both
> 2. create a username on both nodes and export /home from
> one to the other
> (and perhaps /usr/local)
> 3. get and build mpich
If you don't know what mpich is or where to find it these sites will help;
packages of MPICH or LAM-MPI (for MPI) and PVM.
If you don't have one or more of these packages (MPICH or LAM-MPI for MPI
on CDs, you can also look at rpmfind.net
> 4. try running a simple MPI hello world program
> Then go on to other things, like: a private ethernet between
> them, nis, job
> scheduling, compling bigger applicaiton codes, etc.
Hope this helps.
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