[Beowulf] How Can Microsoft's HPC Server Succeed?
james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Apr 4 06:20:39 PDT 2008
Quoting Chris Samuel <csamuel at vpac.org>, on Fri 04 Apr 2008 12:47:09 AM PDT:
> ----- "Jon Forrest" <jlforrest at berkeley.edu> wrote:
>> What technical features could they add that couldn't
>> be added to a Linux cluster?
> Windows botnet clients & client access licenses ? :-)
> Seriously though, my concern is about the impact of the
> essential anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-spyware
> software on each node of the system be ?
Why would you need such a thing? Are you reading email and browsing
the web from you cluster nodes? Do you have users downloading the
latest e-birthday card or nifty *free* game on the nodes. I think
not. They're sitting behind a head node or similar.
I wouldn't put AV software of any kind on the nodes. heck, if you
have a problem, you'd just wipe and reinstall from known good media.
This is no different than big corporations with Windows desktops..
they're locked down from external media, and boot from a shared image
on a server and have no outside internet access.
> Who could seriously consider running *any* Windows box these
> days without them ?
If you're running quasi-real time software (e.g. Labview) doing
It's perfectly reasonable to run Windows machines without virus
checkers, etc., if you have a fairly decent software configuration
management process in place.
> Not least on a system that is designed to have random people
> login in and run their applications on.
Relatively few clusters fit in that category.
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