[Beowulf] SATA II - PXE+NFS - diskless compute nodes

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Sat Dec 9 13:56:29 PST 2006

Buccaneer for Hire. wrote:

>> I would hazard that any DHCP/PXE type install server would struggle
>> with 2000 requests (yes- you arrange the power switching and/or
>> reboots to stagger at N second intervals).

fwiw:  we use dnsmasq to serve dhcp and handle pxe booting.  It does a
marvelous job of both, and is far easier to configure (e.g. it is less
fussy) than dhcpd.

> There are a few modifications you have to make to increase the number
> of bootps before it fails.

Likely with dhcpd, not sure how many dnsmasq can handle, but we have
done 36 at a time to do system checking.  No problems with it.

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