[Beowulf] PVM or ???
vmlinuz at abisen.com
Sun Aug 29 23:14:50 PDT 2004
I have been using Rocks on my test cluster and am planning to use it in
my production environment by next month. Although i have not used rocks
at production level but i have been using rocks for over 6 months and
have not used it's XFree86 at all. Since i generally monitor and
administer my cluster remotely XFree86 is of limited use for me. I
generally configure X with a ssh and X11 forwarding on and then
configure the vncserver that i can remotely log in with GUI interface
On a different note it would be more practical to get a new graphics
card that is supported with a distribution that will help you manage the
cluster more efficiently rather than going with a distribution that
supports your video card and does not provide enough flexibility.
Anand Singh Bisen
>Thank you very much for reading my message and taking the time to reply.
>Your help has aroused some thought as to what I really want to do with the
>cluster and also provided some valuable insight on different ways to
>implemented. Initially the cluster will mainly be used in the physics
>department for running calculations and simulations, but the usage will
>hopefully be expanded into the Biology and Computer Science departments as
>well at a later time.
>I have taken a closer look at Rocks Linux and even tried to install in on
>a subset of the cluster systems. Problems caused by unsupported
>videocards prompted me to continue looking for other cluster
>distributions, however. I plan to try Mandrakesoft's CLIC 2.0 next. I've
>also downloaded ClusterMatic 4 and might give that a try as well. Would
>you, or anyone else who might be reading this, have any experience with
>either or both of these systems?
>Thanks again for your help.
>>what is the area where you will be using this cluster for is it only for
>>practice and programming and trying different ways where you could use
>>a cluster. If it is the latter then i would suggest installing PVM and
>>MPI both on that cluster and if you go ahead with rocks linux
>>distribution that is optimized for cluster you would get both of them
>>preconfigured. More over you should try some kind of DRM (Distributed
>>Resource Management System) too i.e. either Sun Grid Engine or PBS.
>>I dont know the dist sizes on your machines but it would be fun and nice
>>to configure PVFS (Parallel Virtual File System) on your cluster that
>>will be advantageous in multiple ways for one it will give you a good
>>experience and second you could always use some good global space for
>>There are many things you could do with your cluster most probably you
>>will get more replies to your mail.
>>Anand S Bisen
>>Timo Mechler wrote:
>>>I'm in the process of building my first ever beowulf cluster and have
>>>here to ask for some advice pertaining to what parallel computing system
>>>should go with. With the intention of keeping this email as short and
>>>conscise as possible, perhaps the best way to start out is to list what
>>>I'm going to be using on the hardware side of things:
>>>Number of machines: 15 (expected to grow to 24 and possibly larger)
>>>CPU Speed: Anything from a dual Pentium 3 550mhz system to Pentium 2
>>>RAM: Anywhere from 256mb to 64mb
>>>Network: 100mbit CAT5
>>>OS: Slackware 9.1 Linux
>>>Switch: D-Link 24 port 10/100mbit
>>>As you can see their is some diversity present in my hardware setup.
>>>Given that fact, my initial intentions where to go with PVM. I have
>>>successfully setup PVM on a subset of these machines in the past and it
>>>has worked out great. However, do you guys think PVM would be the best
>>>solution for this setup, or could I also with MPI or some variant of it?
>>>I'm using all x86 systems so I thought this might be possible. Are there
>>>still a lot of people out there that use PVM? That was another one of my
>>>concerns that led my thinking towards MPI. How about programming
>>>difficulty? I've never done any parallel programming for PVM or MPI.
>>>Finally, once again looking at my setup above, does anyone else have any
>>>suggestions for improvement in terms of operating system or hardware?
>>>Thanks in advance for your help. The knowledge I've gained so far from
>>>this mailing list has been priceless. Thank you!
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