[Beowulf] Cluster of Linux and Windows
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Fri Nov 13 09:29:35 PST 2009
> I am used to work with Arch Linux. What do you think about it?
the distro is basically irrelevant. clustering is just a matter of
your apps, middleware like mpi (may or may not be provided by the
cluster), probably a shared filesystem, working kernel, network stack,
job-launch mechanism. distros are mainly about desktop gunk that
is completely irrelevant to clusters.
> And finnaly, I would like to know if Is it possible to get a Cluster Working
> with a Server on Arch Linux and the nodes Windows.
sure, but why? windows is generally inferior as an OS platform,
so I would stay away unless you actually require your apps to run
under windows. (remember that linux can use windows storage and
authentication just fine.)
> Or even better the nodes without a defined SO.
SO=Significant Other? oh, maybe "OS". generally, you want to minimize
the number of things that can go wrong in your system. using uniform OS
on nodes/servers is a good start. but sure, there's no reason you can't
run a cluster where every node is a different OS. they simply need to
agree on the network protocol (which doesn't have to be MPI - in fact,
using something more SOA-like might help if the nodes are heterogenous)
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