[Beowulf] Clustering VPS servers

Douglas Eadline deadline at eadline.org
Fri Mar 22 07:20:23 PDT 2013


> Derailing this topic slightly do you have any good tutorials as to steps
> in
> regards to compiling the kernel?

Good question, Have not done that in years. Although modules
make things much easier then they used to be.

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> Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Clustering VPS servers
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>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 08:42:17AM -0400, Joe Landman wrote:
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>>> Honestly this never made a great deal of sense to me.  Rather than
>>> clustering VPSes, why not cluster bare metal JEOS kvm hypervisor
>>> built machines?  Not quite VMware stuff.  We are using lots of kvm
>>> (obscene amounts of it) in our projects across several OSes.  Linux,
>>> Illumos/SmartOS.  We've been tweaking tiburon to handle such kvm
>>> boots, so that turning on a very large cluster of virtual machines
>>> and having them ready would take seconds to minutes at worst.  Not
>>> half hours to several hours for provisioning.
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>> Not sure I plugged this here before: http://erlangonxen.org/ It's
>> proprietary so far, but such solutions can be replicated in the FLOSS
>> domain.
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> Interesting, although I like Erlang for non HPC type things.
>
> I sometimes like to think of the OS as a dynamic support library for the
> application. From a performance standpoint, most things have become bigger
> and faster and yet the Linux kernel has stayed about the same size and
> once
> tuned for HPC it is down right small in comparison. Of course, some
> applications need other supporting software (Python,Perl) but the amount
> of
> software needed directly on a node is quite small (I use a fairly robust
> Warewulf ramdisk image that is much less then 200M, which is less than
> 2.5%
> of system RAM on a node with 8G) To be fair, the image also uses NFS for
> things like /usr/share. I have often thought that highly tuned application
> ramdisk images combined with runtime provisioning by the scheduler is one
> way to achieve "bare metal HPC virtualization"
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>>> VPS doesn't quite have the isolation of kvm, which is part of why I'd
>>> like to see that.  But kvm doesn't have great PCIe pass through (yet,
>>> its getting better).  VPS might be able to make better use of the
>>> resource.
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