[Beowulf] Why I want a microsoft cluster...

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Nov 23 17:16:37 PST 2005

At 04:38 PM 11/23/2005, Joe Landman wrote:

>Chris Samuel wrote:
>>On Thursday 24 November 2005 08:30, Joe Landman wrote:
>>>Look carefully at what the CTC has to go through with their systems.  If
>>>you are running 1000 copies of Norton on your disks, with each one
>>>loaded up with a personal fire wall, anti spyware and virus ... do you
>>>really have a cluster?
>>This can be a problem for Linux clusters too, when you have IT security 
>>people who don't understand Linux and impose policy as if it were Windows.
>Yes.  Can be a problem for any system.  However, in order to successfully 
>use Linux clusters you do not need a virus checker running on the linux 
>compute nodes.

If success is defined as meeting idiotic, but well-meaning, corporate rules 
and policies, then the Linux cluster WOULD need the virus checker.


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