[Beowulf] Create cluster : questions

Rayson Ho raysonlogin at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 11:43:32 PDT 2006

What you are looking for is not an HPC cluster, but rather a
compute/compile farm...

Did you look at SGE (GridEngine) before?? SGE has 2 parallel make
implementations: SGE's own qmake and distmake:

For other similar projects (Condor, PBS, BOINC), they do not have
parallel make integration, but you can treat each package building as
a job.

You can take a look at the following projects:
SGE:    http://gridengine.sunsource.net/
BOINC: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/
Condor: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/condor/

And for SGE, you can setup a queue calendar, and thus the hosts will
only accept jobs during off hours. You should also read this HOWTO:
"Tracking Interactive Idle Time"

You can get further help from the mailing list:


On 9/4/06, Maxence Dunnewind <maxenced at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi.
> i'm a user of the Ubuntu Linux OS, and also a packager for this OS.
> As you may know , packaging can be take a lot of time, mainly during
> building process.
> I would create a public cluster for help packagers. All Ubuntu users can
> accept we use their computers on the cluster. But the cluster system MUST
> only use free ressource of this computers (and maybe user could set a
> quota)...
> i want people only have to install some software (no kernel compilation or
> other things).
> I want know if beowulf could works in this case ????
> I'm sorry for my (very) bad english, i'm french :)
> Regards,
> --
> http://www.sos-sts.info  <=== Entraide étudiante
> http://www.ubuntu-fr.org  <=== La meilleure distribution Linux :)
> Contact :
> maxenced at gmail.com
> maxenced at ubuntu.com
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