[Beowulf] Oh.. IBM eats Red Hat

John Hearns hearnsj at googlemail.com
Mon Oct 29 11:04:39 PDT 2018

I just realised...  I will now need an account on the IBM Support Site, a
SiteID AND an Entitlement to file bugs on any Redhat packages.

For those who don't know the system - every site (University, company,
Laboratory etc) has a SiteID number.
You had better know that number - and if someone leaves or retires you had
BETTER get than number from them.
(I handled a support case once where a customer had someone retire - and
not pass on the site ID- we had to get a high up in IBM UK invoplved);.

One person on site then has the ability to allow others on the site to open
support issues.
You just cannot decide to open a support issue -you must have the rights to
ask for support for that product.

On Mon, 29 Oct 2018 at 16:55, Joe Landman <joe.landman at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 10/29/18 12:44 PM, David Mathog wrote:
> [...]
> > It turns out that getting up to date compilers and libraries has become
> >> quite important for those working on large distributed code bases.
> >
> > Libraries are harder.  Try to build a newer one than ships with CentOS
> > and it is not uncommon to end up having to build many other libraries
> > (recursive dependencies) or to hit a brick wall when a kernel
> > dependency surfaces.
> This was my point about building things in a different tree.  I do this
> with tools I use in https://github.com/joelandman/nlytiq-base , which
> gives me a consistent set of tools regardless of the platform.
> Unfortunately, some of the software integrates Conda, which makes it
> actually harder to integrate what you need.  Julia, for all its
> benefits, is actually hard to build packages for such that they don't
> use Conda.
> > In biology apps of late there is a distressing tendency for software
> > to only be supported in a distribution form which is essentially an
> > entire OS worth of libraries packaged with the one (often very small)
> > program I actually want to run.  (See "bioconda".)  Most of these
> > programs will build just fine from source even on CentOS 6, but often
> > the only way to download a binary for them is to accept an additional
> > 1Gb (or more) of other stuff.
> Yeah, this has become common across many fields.  Containers become the
> new binaries, so you don't have to live with/accept the platform based
> restrictions.  This was another point of mine.  And Greg K @Sylabs is
> getting free exposure here :D
> --
> Joe Landman
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> t: @hpcjoe
> w: https://scalability.org
> g: https://github.com/joelandman
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