[Beowulf] cluster building advice?

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Mon Sep 17 04:03:59 PDT 2012

hi Jeffrey,

Maybe you want to give some more details to this list. Most importantly:

WHICH software needs to work well on it, and how many machines do we  
speak about and how important are i/o concerns?

(for some software every X gflop they need X bytes per second i/o)

In general the crunching software you intend to run on the machine  
should be the overwhelming concern.

On Sep 16, 2012, at 11:52 PM, Jeffrey Rossiter wrote:

> Hello everyone!
> I am getting started on a cluster building project at my  
> university. We just replaced all of our lab machines so I am going  
> to be using the old machines to rebuild our cluster. The intention  
> is for the system to be used for scientific computation. I am  
> trying to decide on a linux distribution to use. Does it matter all  
> that much? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Book  
> suggestions would help too. I am waiting to receive Building  
> Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke but my advisor for the  
> project is concerned that it may be out of date for what we are  
> doing. Please share your ideas. Thanks!
> -Jeffrey Rossiter
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