[Beowulf] Setting up a new Beowulf cluster

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 08:09:53 PST 2008


Berkley,
I'm looking forward to the forthcoming advice, but as a dilettetante in the
field, I'll take the opportunity to presage two things:

1. RGB will say Fedora. You said Physics. Think of RGB has your Guardian
Angel.

2. Everyone will say, "how many nodes? what kind of budget are we talking
about? Which applications are  you targetting first, or project to need?" I
think the most helpful thing would be to project the number of nodes you
have in mind, e.g. 8, like me, or 8096? Makes huge differences in the
network topolgies possible. Is the budget more like "using a dozen or so
available outmoded workstations" or "they are building a two acre site to
house it now"?

Peter

On Feb 7, 2008 10:45 AM, Berkley Starks <bjtstarks at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> I've been a computer user for the past several years working in different
> areas of the IT world.  I've recently been commissioned by my university to
> set up the first operating Beowulf Cluster.
>
> I'm am moderately familiar with the Linux OS, having ran it for the past
> several years using the distro's of Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora Core, and
> Mandriva.
>
> With setting up this new cluster I would like any advice possible on what
> OS to use, how to set it up, and any other pertinent information that I
> might need.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Berkley Starks
>
> Oh, and the cluster will be used for computational physics.  I am a
> physics major making it for the physics department here.  It will need to be
> able to use C++ and Fortran at a bare minimum.
>
> Thanks again
>
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