[Beowulf] First cluster in 20 years - questions about today

Jonathan Aquilina jaquilina at eagleeyet.net
Sun Feb 2 19:49:43 PST 2020

To be fair I just upgraded my motherboard cpu and ram from a 6th gen intel core i7 to an amd ryzen 5 3600 6 core 12 thread machine for around 500 euros granted I have a lot of things which I recycled.

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From: Beowulf <beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org> On Behalf Of Gerald Henriksen
Sent: Monday, 3 February 2020 00:10
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] First cluster in 20 years - questions about today

On Sat, 1 Feb 2020 22:21:09 -0500, you wrote:

>Should I consider Solaris or illumos?  I do plan on using ZFS, 
>especially for the data node, but I want as much redundancy as I can 
>get, since I'm going to be using used hardware.  Will the fancy Solaris 
>cluster tools be useful?

Unless you are absolutely sure the software you want to run works on Solaris, using Solaris/Illumos is likely asking for trouble.

You can get ZFS on FreeBSD, or if you are willing to overlook the license issues my understanding Ubuntu works quite well with ZFS.

As for hardware, what do you mean by "used"?

Thanks to AMD the performance of newer hardware is signficantly better than something 5+ years old, and relatively speaking not necessarily that expensive, with added benefits of less power required than anything 10+ years old.
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