[Beowulf] Ubuntu MAAS

Hearns, John john.hearns at mclaren.com
Tue Apr 17 08:26:23 PDT 2012

I read a ZDnet article on Ubuntu LTS pitching to be your cloud and data
centre distribution on choice.

It mentions Ubunti Metal-As-A-Service






I guess this is what clustering types have been doing for a long time
with various cluster deployment and management suites.


Also note Mark Shuttleworths comment about the cost of the OS per node :

"As we enter an era in which ATOM is as important in the data centre as
XEON, an operating system like Ubuntu makes even more sense"

I guess this chimes with the initial Beowulfery spirit - when you have
low-cost nodes, why use an OS (whether it is Windows, Solaris etc)

Which is a significant fraction of the nodes cost.



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