[Beowulf] middleware for heterogeneous cluster

Greg Kurtzer gmkurtzer at gmail.com
Tue Jan 23 14:30:31 PST 2007

We have some contributors documenting Perceus as we speak. The  
documentation effort will be posted shortly (I even had a quickstart  
guide that was also just forwarded to me by a gracious user).  
Basically we are aware of the documentation "issues" and they are  
being resolved. Also, I will make myself available for helping anyone  
implement Perceus that will agree to exchange the help for  
documentation. Not to be read as free consulting, but I am very  
understanding to the fact that you can't RTFM without the FM. ;)

Perceus can deal with a great deal of heterogeneous operating system  
images, and is capable for ia32 and x86_64. I believe some people use  
WareCAT (Warewulf+IBM's xCAT=WareCat) on ia64 very successfully, but  
I am not too familiar with the solution.

Good luck with your decision!


On Jan 23, 2007, at 7:30 AM, Miguel Óscar Bernabeu i Llinares wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm new to the list, so let me introduce myself: I work as a  
> researcher
> in the Technical University of Valencia (Spain). I've been using  
> Beowulf
> Clusters for several years, but I've got little experience in the
> installation and administration of them.
> We are planning to integrate some legacy hardware (Pentium IV and Xeon
> two-processors) with brand new hardware (Itanium II Montecito SMP
> boards) in order to build an heterogeneous cluster.
> I'm interested in using a middleware like Warewulf, Perceus, Oscar,
> Rocks, ... to reduce installation and maintenance overhead, since we
> must focus in research tasks. I've been reading some webs and papers
> about how dealing with heterogeneity in Warewulf, Perceus and  
> Oscar, but
> none of them seem to be the best solution: Oscar forces me to use a  
> ia64
> master node
> ( http://www.mail-archive.com/oscar-users@lists.sourceforge.net/ 
> msg06075.html ), while Perceus is not properly documented AFAIK.
> Does anybody successfully configured a cluster like this? Any
> suggestion?
> Regards.
> -- 
> Miquel Óscar Bernabeu i Llinares <mbernabeu at dsic.upv.es>
> Department of Information Systems and Computation.
> Technical University of Valencia. Spain.
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