ALINKA Linux Clustering Letter, September 19th. 2001 (fwd)
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Subject: ALINKA Linux Clustering Letter, September 19th. 2001
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The ALINKA Linux Clustering Letter,
Wednesday, September the 19th. 2001
Dear readers, I am happy to send you this week's edition of
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News from the High Performance world, by Dr Laurent Gatineau
(lgatineau at alinka.com)
Software for Beowulf cluster
FAI (fully automatic installation) 2.2 released 
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.
Tips and tricks from the Beowulf mailing list
* Pedro Díaz Jiménez [m1] posted a link  to a small FAQ about cluster.
* Marc Cozzi [m1] is looking for using PGI BLAS routines with the
Linpack benchmark. Eswar Dev [m2] gave an example using ATLAS BLAS
library. Daniel Kidger [m3] pointed him to a document showing bad
performances with the PGI BLAS routines.
* About switches, Eric Kuhnke [m1] wrote that he is happy with HP
Procurve 4000M, but modules are expensive (look how to get them
cheaper [m2,m3]). There was also a discussion about SCI networks
[m4,m5] and Myrinet ones [m6,m7].
* Karl Bellve [m1] is looking for copper based Gigabit card on Alpha
system. Donald Becker [m2] answered that Syskonnect, Intel and
NatSemi DP83820 network cards have drivers and work with Alpha
News from MOSIX mailing list by Benoit des Ligneris
<bligneri at physique.usherb.ca>
No News from Mosix this week, expect a double Letter next week.
News from the High Availability world
DRBD devel by Guillaume GIMENEZ (ggimenez at alinka.com)
* David Krovich announced [m1] The DRBD HOWTO release 0.5 is
Failsafe by Guillaume GIMENEZ (ggimenez at alinka.com)
* Joachim Gleissner announced [m2] that a new release of failsafe
for SuSE is available . it includes two patches for filesystem
and nfs resources [m3]
Linux-HA dev by Rached Ben Mustapha (rached at alinka.com)
* Alan Robertson posted [m1] a request for comments on a paper [l1]
that he wrote about STONITH.
LVS by Rached Ben Mustapha (rached at alinka.com)
* Wensong Zhang announced [m1] the availability of LVS 0.9.4, that is
available on the LVS website [l1]. He also posted [m2] the url to
the patch-only version [l2], and a link to the latest version of
News on the Filesystems front
Coda by Ludovic Ishiomin (lishiomin at alinka.com)
* Matthias Teege asked for compatibility between Coda and NIS and replied
himself giving the answer [1m].
* Steffen Neumann gave comments about the situation where Coda is not
Intermezzo by Ludovic Ishiomin (lishiomin at alinka.com)
* Peter Braam announced Intermezzo 220.127.116.11 [1m].
* Shirish Phatak forwarded the announce of librsync 0.9.5 [2m].
XFS by Ludovic Ishiomin (lishiomin at alinka.com)
* Masahino Asano was unable to mount a LVM snapshot of an XFS filesystem
because the device was marked read-only by LVM [1m].
[1m] http://oss.sgi.com/projects/xfs/mail_archive/0109/msg00304.html and the
News on other cluster related topics
linux-ia64 by Guillaume GIMENEZ (ggimenez at alinka.com)
* Doug Beattie started an interesting thread about
32 bit & 64 bit libraries coexistence. (start [m4])
LTSP by Bruno Muller (bmuller at alinka.com)
* Jim McQuillan anncounced that LTSP 2.09pre2 is available for download[m1].
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