[Beowulf] A Good Linux Distribution to Start with?

Shane Canon canon at nersc.gov
Wed Sep 8 21:43:48 PDT 2004

I would suggest Rocks or Warewulf.  Although the cluster I run doesn't 
use these packages, I've played with both of these packages and was very 
impressed.  With Rocks you can have your cluster running full parallel 
jobs through a batch system in a few hours.


Dragovich, Jeff wrote:

> I am at the point in my beowulf cluster construction where I need to 
> pick the Linux distribution to use. I have a small cluster (10 nodes, 
> CISCO switch, a single control machine). The cluster will 
> support parallelizing/benchmarking a finite element program using MPI. 
> I am currently the only prospective user, and don't need sendmail and 
> a bunch of that stuff. Just dev tools.
> Any comments on which Linux flavor to start with? I've read some jabs 
> at Fedora. Can't find a FAQ (after about 4 hours of searching) that 
> really discusses the pros and cons of each Linux variant related to 
> Beowulf clusters. I know religion is a hot topic, but please don't 
> flame the agnostic. :)
> Jeff

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