[Beowulf] OS for 64 bit AMD
jrollins at ligo.mit.edu
Thu Mar 31 11:00:31 PST 2005
Any decent distro should support kernel 2.6 with amd64. But can some one
give me one good reason why you would use anything other than a
streamlined distro like Debian? Why pay for all the blote in something
like redhat when your nodes are probably going to be running a single
On Thu, 31 Mar 2005, Joe Landman wrote:
> Actually Redhat now has HPC pricing per node. There are other good
> reasons to look elsewhere for HPC distributions though, specifically due
> to their lack of good high performance/scalable per-node file system.
> SuSE at least makes XFS and JFS available, and you can build/install a
> system with these. Redhat prefers that you use ext3. Another issue for
> the RHEL3 were the ancient kernels with many backports of advanced
> functionality from modern kernels. Additionally adding modules for new
> hardware support into their boot process is a minor nightmare...
> Chris Dagdigian wrote:
> > I second Joe's comments.
> > All of our Opteron systems run Suse 9.2 by default and we use Centos-4
> > for "Redhat" compatible functionality when required since Redhat has
> > explicitly chosen to price themselves out of the cluster market for
> > everything except 2-way 32bit boxes.
> > Suse 9.1/9.2 on Opteron and Suse Enterprise Linux (SLES 8/9) on Itanium
> > Systems (meaning our SGI Altix) have been extremely stable and useful in
> > our work. Highly recommended.
> > -Chris
> > Joe Landman wrote:
> >> Hi Mike:
> >> Opterons will do better with a 2.6 kernel (2.6.9 and higher). If
> >> you are going to use RHEL, you might want to look at Rocks (RHEL3
> >> based) or Warewulf which should be able to sit atop RHEL4. If you
> >> want to use a Redhat work-alike, you might want to look closely at
> >> Centos4.
> >> I am sure others will take issue with this, but I would strongly
> >> advise against using a rolling beta OS (FC-x) as the basis for a
> >> production cycle machine. If it is a purely experimental cluster, go
> >> for it. If it is supposed to provide cycles to a wide group, you
> >> might look more closely at a supported/supportable distribution.
> >> We have had good luck with SuSE 9.x (x>=1), RHEL3, CentosX on
> >> clusters using a variety of meta-distributions (warewulf, Rocks,
> >> others). Most of our customers seem to prefer the RHEL series, so we
> >> tend to work with that more than others, but YMMV.
> >> joe
> >> Mike Davis wrote:
> >>> What OSes are Opteron clusters out there running. Is anyone running
> >>> FC2 on opterons?
> >>> I'm looking at opterons for our next cluster, but I'm not sure about
> >>> what OS to run. Thus far we've been with RH and or RHAS. But, the
> >>> next cluster will be big and I'm just not sure what we should run.
> >>> Mike Davis
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