Check this out :
OSCAR allows users, regardless of their experience level with a *nix
environment, to install a Beowulf
type high performance computing cluster. It also contains
everything needed to administer and program this type of HPC
cluster. OSCAR's flexible package management system has a rich set
of pre-packaged applications and utilities which means you can get
up and running without laboriously installing and configuring
complex cluster administration and communication packages. It also
lets administrators create customized packages for any kind of
distributed application or utility, and to distribute those packages
from an online package repository, either on or off site.
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On 01/14/2011 10:05 AM, Carsten Aulbert wrote:
On Friday 14 January 2011 09:56:43 Patrick Schmid wrote:
If I understood it correct, the Beowulf project is just a bundle of
software to build a cluster.
So I'm referring to some software which allows me to build a Linux HPC.
Yes and no :)
You first need to identify what you want/need:
* what is the (typical) problem you want to solve?
* what software do you need for that, do you need a batch scheduler or do you
have very few users which work at the same place and share the cluster without
* think about the OS (Debian is a good choice here ;))
* Think about the compute hardware, you probably need a login node, execute
nodes and a file server, do you need many local cores or are the problems too
large to fit into a few nodes? Then you need to look into networking
(Infiniband or high performance Ethernet), is the software susceptible to
latency and/or bandwidth available......
You see there are MANY questions to look at first, before you even want to
start installing the machines :)
Try describing a "typical" problem, the sizes involved, that may help a lot.