[Beowulf] SuSE 9.3

Michael Joyner mjoyner at vbservices.net
Mon Jul 11 08:32:36 PDT 2005

Brian R Smith wrote:
> Michael,
> I would forget trying to find a single comprehensive guide for a
> specific distribution as many of these guides, from what I have seen,
> make certain assumptions about your situation that simply aren't
> correct.
> Usually, setting up a cluster is fairly distribution-independent meaning
> it really doesn't matter if you're using SuSE or RedHat or one of the
> many myriads of distributions out there.
After talking it over with the professor, I think we are going to use 
Fedora or Mandriva + OSCAR.

> SuSE does come with a few helpful packages like mpich/lam and queuing
> software like OpenPBS, but in my experience, you are always better off
> following a more generic model: build it yourself.
We were initially looking at SuSE because that is what we have 
everywhere else. :)

> If you're running with SuSE, check out autoyast2
> http://forgeftp.novell.com////yast/doc/SLES9/autoinstall/ref.html for
> building your compute nodes.  If you need to run parallel software over
> MPI, there are many resources available for setting up MPI and many of
> these offer help with configuring basic services like rsh/ssh to work
> correctly in these setups.  Here, google is your friend.  Look for
> 'mpich'.  There is plenty of documentation goodness on job scheduling
> (and its respective software(s)) and a good deal of general systems
> administration principles still apply to running a cluster.
> Also, read Robert Brown's book
> http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/Beowulf/beowulf_book.php
> and get an idea of exactly what it is you need to do because "setting up
> a cluster using x" is a very generic question.  I've made the assumption
> that you meant "HPC" or "High-Performance Computing", but we all know
> about assuming things... Is this HPC, HTC, or HA?  Are you trying to run
> scientific codes in parallel or are you trying to cluster an Oracle
> database? 
> -Brian
> On Sun, 2005-07-10 at 19:55 -0400, Michael Joyner wrote:
>>Is there any how-to or guide for setting up a cluster using SuSE 9.2 or 9.3?
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