[Beowulf] Building Diskless Beowulf Cluster?

John Hearns John.Hearns at xma.co.uk
Mon Nov 23 03:26:49 PST 2015

Ghadiyali Mohammed

I would suggest looking at the new OpenHPC Project perhaps:

Doug Eadline has some very good guides on his site also.

Please let us know how your cluster build proceeds.
May I ask which hardware you have to build with?

What network cards do you have?
th efirst step will be to set the BIOS on each comoute node to enable PXE booting,
and to have PXE (network) booting first inthe boot order.
Try to make all BIOS settings the same on the compute nodes.

Then record the MAC Address of the card if you can - you can se it on screen, or you can sometimes see it on a small barcode lable on the card.

Yes - there are other techniques to get the MAC Address.
You can plug the card into a switch - if you know the switch port for a given card you can then get the MAC address.
Or you can power on each compute node and the cluster head node will get DHCP requests - you can look for these.

But to start with if you have a few compute nodes note down some MAC addresses.
Sorry folks if this is slightly bad advice .


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