PXE bootiing/support/ Re: Installing Linux (without CD/floppies)

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Feb 17 19:48:26 PST 2003

Anybody know if the VIA Apollo PLE 133 chipset (as used in the VIA mobos)
supports PXE?  It's not entirely obvious from the website.
The $200 computers from Walmart, for instance, use this chipset.  And, more
to what I'm interested in, VIA has a number of mobos with 12V only input,
very low power, using a variety of their processors.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Hahn" <hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca>
To: <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 5:55 PM
Subject: RE: Installing Linux (without CD/floppies)

> > >What's the best way to install Linux RedHat in a 40-node
> > >Beowulf whose nodes don't have neither floppy nor
> why *install* at all?  so far at least, I'm booting my new cluster
> entirely diskless.  each node actually has a disk, but nothing is
> installed on it - everything is PXE and NFS.  obviously, this is
> more network-intensive, but is it really an issue if your jobs last
> for more than a couple minutes?
> > As long as your network cards' support PXE (most do nowadays), then it
> is that really true?  great if so!  I haven't looked, but tend to only
> expect builtin eth to support PXE...
> > The only potentially laborious step is collecting the MAC address first
> > tweaking each BIOS to enable PXE booting.
> dhcpd can allocate IPs from a pool; if you don't need stable IPs,
> you don't need to collect the MAC...
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