FAI (fully automatic installation) 2.2 released, new Beowulf support

Thomas Lange lange at informatik.uni-koeln.de
Sun Sep 16 04:30:09 PDT 2001

After several weeks of hacking and tests for a new Beowulf cluster,
here comes the next FAI release. Major improvements are:

- a new chapter and many examples and tools for Beowulf clusters

- a script for software package updates after initial installation,
  a first hack is .../utils/softupdate
- reorganisation of the source code, so it's more modular and readable
- hooks can skip the default task

The package is available at the FAI homepage


and also on the Debian mirrors in a few hours/days. Many thanks to
all, who gave bug reports, suggestions how to enhance FAI or other

FAI is a non interactive system to install a Debian GNU/Linux
operating system on a PC cluster. You can take one or more virgin PCs,
turn on the power and after a few minutes Linux is installed,
configured and running on the whole cluster, without any interaction
necessary. Thus it's a scalable method for installing and updating a
Beowulf cluster or a network of workstations unattended with little
effort involved. FAI uses the Debian distribution and a collection of
shell and Perl scripts for the installation process. Changes to the
configuration files of the operating system are made by cfengine,
shell and Perl scripts.

            Thomas Lange
Institut fuer Informatik        mailto:lange at informatik.Uni-Koeln.DE
   Universitaet zu Koeln
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