[Beowulf] Have machine, will compute: ESXi or bare metal?

Jonathan Aquilina jaquilina at eagleeyet.net
Sun Feb 9 22:30:03 PST 2020

Hi Guys just piggy backing on this thread

I am considering upgrading my pc to 64gb of ram and setting it up as a win 10 based hyper-v host. Would you say this is a good way to learn how to put a cluster together with out the need to invest in a small number of servers? My pc is a ryzen 5 3600 6 core 12 thread cpu motherboard is an msi b450 tomahawk max gaming motherboard currently 32gb ddr4 3200 upgradable to 64.

Let me know your thoughts.

Jonathan Aquilina

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From: Beowulf <beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org> On Behalf Of Renfro, Michael
Sent: Monday, 10 February 2020 03:17
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Have machine, will compute: ESXi or bare metal?

No reason you can’t, especially if you’re not interested in benchmark runs (there’s a chance that if you ran a lot of heavily-loaded VMs, there could be CPU contention on the host).

Any cluster development work I’ve done lately has used VMware VMs exclusively.

On Feb 9, 2020, at 7:10 PM, Mark Kosmowski <mark.kosmowski at solidstatecomputation.com> wrote:

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I purchased a Cisco UCS C460 M2 (4 @ 10 core Xeons, 128 GB total RAM) for $115 in my local area.  If I used ESXi (free license), I am limited to 8 vcpu per VM.  Could I make a virtual Beowulf cluster out of some of these VMs?  I'm thinking this way I can learn cluster admin without paying the power bill for my ancient Opteron boxes and also scratch my illumos itch while computing on Linux.

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