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

Prentice Bisbal pbisbal at pppl.gov
Mon Feb 3 10:03:13 PST 2020

On 2/3/20 12:31 PM, David Mathog wrote:
> On 2020-02-02 19:25, beowulf-request at beowulf.org wrote:
>>> On Sat, 1 Feb 2020 22:21:09 -0500, you wrote:
>>> >Should I consider Solaris or illumos?
>>> Unless you are absolutely sure the software you want to run works on
>>> Solaris, using Solaris/Illumos is likely asking for trouble.
>> I'm testing FreeBSD right now and will test *SunOS before commiting a 
>> full
>> deployment.
> Stop wasting time on that - support for OS's other than linux for 
> academically maintained scientific software is spotty at best. The 
> only one that even comes close is OS X, because a lot of academics 
> have Macs, but it would be super expensive to build a cluster out of 
> those.  Moreover, many developers, in biology at least, have pretty 
> much given up on portability and focus on providing docker images.  In 
> those cases you may find that building from source (needed for maximum 
> performance) on even common variants like CentOS can be difficult.
I have to agree with this. Linux won the HPC operating system war years ago.


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