[Beowulf] Should I go for diskless or not?

Jonathan Aquilina eagles051387 at gmail.com
Thu May 14 21:31:57 PDT 2009

i did forget to mention back when i was in my college back in texas we
were doing a super small cluster 1 master 4 slaves. pxe booting did
work but after alot of hacking of the xserver. performance on
something that small was decent. there are alot of how to tutorials as
well for this kind of stuff on google.

On 5/15/09, Jonathan Aquilina <eagles051387 at gmail.com> wrote:
> also dont forget the more nodes you have booting off the master the
> more access time your gonna need to do a pxe boot from the one master
> node. if you plan on splitting things up once you notice a degredation
> in booting performance and putting a certain number of nodes on each
> master node that should help to disipate the pxe booting time needed
> to boot all the nodes.
> On 5/13/09, Dr Cool Santa <drcoolsanta at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have a cluster of identical computers. We are planning to add more
>> nodes
>> later. I was thinking whether I should go the diskless nodes way or not?
>> Diskless nodes seems as a really exciting, interesting and good option,
>> however when I did it I needed to troubleshoot a lot. I did fix it up, but
>> I
>> had to redo the filesystem, but the past experiences didn't make much of
>> a
>> difference. I still need to fix up everything, I kinda need your help to
>> decide.
>> Also, performance wise, I was thinking that diskless is not a good
>> option,
>> and since performance matters . . .
>> Can somebody outline the pros and cons of each or just give me thier
>> opinion.
> --
> Jonathan Aquilina

Jonathan Aquilina

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