[Beowulf] Pxe boot over infiniband

Hearns, John john.hearns at mclaren.com
Thu Feb 4 07:50:39 PST 2010

> When googling for "pxe boot over infiniband" it seems this is not
> possible
> for all types of hardware. Is this correct? And if so, are there other
> solutions (except connecting all nodes to a gigabit switch as well)?

Go back to basics - get a keyboard/monitor and a USB CD drive.
Spend a fun day on your knees being roasted and deafened at the same
time installing by hand from DVD.

Or get a long, long patch lead from your install server and spend
several happy hours running back and forth.

Seriously though - an alternate approach might be to use the
functionality in BMC cards to present a virtual
floppy/CD/DVD drive and boot from that, either booting a minimal ramdisk
with infiniband support,
or just install from the virtual DVD.
I've never done this, mind...
Then again this means running network cables for your BMC/IPMI cards...

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