Re: diskless cluster
>Yes, recent bios generally have a "LAN" option which passes control to the
>eprom on the ethernet card. Older ones just went to the card eprom so long
>as the chip was there, with a valid program. I hear in the Etherboot lists
>that you can burn the image itself in the motherboard bios, in some cases,
>but we never tried that.
Indeed. I don't generally truck with recent BIOSes but if I did... many of
the latest motherboards have large flash parts; some new ECS boards have
2Meg parts, for instance. This really aids the argument for putting a
microkernel in the BIOS and dispensing with all of the other diskless boot
solutions. The latest rev. of LinuxBIOS allows you to boot pretty much any
OS you want.