[Beowulf] powering up 18 motherboards
hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Sat Feb 19 06:23:20 PST 2005
> Another, much cheaper option, would be to set the slave
> node BIOS to use "Wake on LAN" (if it works on your systems)
I really, really like lan-IPMI. not only do you get a nice way
to turn on/off/reset machines remotely, but you also can query
their internal sensors. not to mention that it's an open standard.
my main experience with it is a cluster of HP DL145's, which are
rebadged Celestica white-ish-box dual-opterons. I've heard that
lan-IPMI is also available for real whitebox (tyan, supermicro),
but have never managed to get hands on.
IPMI-like functionality is one of those odd places where customers
are often hurt by vendors who produce proprietary, less-interoperable
mechanisms. sort of embrace-extend-bastardize-rebrand. product teams
should not listen to marketing/business people...
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