[Beowulf] Please help to setup Beowulf

Nifty Tom Mitchell niftyompi at niftyegg.com
Tue Feb 17 14:23:01 PST 2009

On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 05:56:18AM -0600, Geoff Jacobs wrote:
> Nifty Tom Mitchell wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 05:06:17PM +0530, Indrajit Deb wrote:
> >>    Hello,
> >>    I want to setup beowulf for my eight node cpu to run simulation. Debian
> >>    4.0 is installed in each cpu. I am not familiar with beowulf. If any
> >>    one help me to setup beowulf for the begining to the end i will be
> >>    grateful.
> > Hmm Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics....
> > Which Molucular modeling code do you plan to run.
> > Most but not all are built on MPI libraries does
> > Debian have a pre-packaged MPI development and
> > run time environment.  Look for things like Open MPI...
> Yes, it does. OpenMPI, LAM, MPICH (but only version 1.2.x).
> > The simulation codes you plan to run will decide 
> > a lot of things.  For example it may cause you to move from
> > Debian  to ROCKS/Centos or something else.  Based
> > on your question you are a Bio guy more than 
> > a computer guy.  If so let your application codes drive
> > the cluster decisions.
> Why do you say this? Debian (5.0, what I checked just now) includes all
> the basic Beowulf elements and even tosses in GROMACS pre-compiled for
> OpenMPI. If it's what his people are used to there's no reason to switch.
> I would recommend using Debian 5.0 though, just so the latest GNU
> compilers are available.
"> Why do you say this? ...."

Because the original poster did not disclose what he or his people
have experience with.  It almost sounds as if he is off by himself.

We just do not know... 

	T o m  M i t c h e l l 
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