[Beowulf] Gentoo in the HPC environment

Gavin W. Burris bug at wharton.upenn.edu
Thu Jun 26 05:59:36 PDT 2014

On Wed 06/25/14 07:14PM -0400, Ellis H. Wilson III wrote:
> I ended up doing very crazy root-stealing, chroot-establishing things to get
> my science done in my PhD.  If you prevent intelligent people from doing
> their work, they are going to be your worst nightmare.  Don't kid yourselves
> if you think you are doing anyone favors by providing super-static OS
> environments like RHEL for your users.  You are just being lazy (and not the
> good kind of programmer lazy).

I don't think your IT staff is lazy for saying no to some requests.  It
is unreasonable in the extreme to expect systems-level access on a
shared production system.  If you want to operate at that level, you
should consider building a dedicated resource, possibly rolling cloud
image or VMs.  I mean, unless you are also paying the bills, managing
staff time, attending weekly sysadmin meetings, and fielding support

Gavin W. Burris
Senior Project Leader for Research Computing
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

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