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RE: HPC Cluster with Debian Etch

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Madden [mailto:darkspleen@gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:55 AM
> To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> Subject: HPC Cluster with Debian Etch
> Hello:
> Is anyone aware of a project similar to Rocks Clusters
> (http://www.rocksclusters.org/) that uses Debian as it's base?  Rocks
> super simple to get setup;  I recently setup a 8 node HPC cluster with
> Rocks to develop MPI applications in under an hour.  However I'd
> to use something based on Debian Etch.
> I've came across a few projects (ClusterKnoppix, PelicanHPC,
> ParallelKnoppix, Quantian), but these projects are based live CD
> projects like Knoppix and Debian Live.  I'd really like to have a
> cluster with a persistent setup similar to that provided with Rocks.
> Thanks in advance.

I love Rocks. They have done an amazing job with that Distro. 

I won't call myself an expert or anything like that, but I /really/
enjoy the clustering world and have been involved with it for a few
years now (both for fun and work). I have worked with clusters across a
wide range of software and hardware as well as with most of the Distro's
you have listed and many more you didn't. I have not found anything like
Rocks; at least not with the cluster work I do/have done. 

Most of the Debian based distros I have worked with are good and get the
job done, but none of them quite compare with Rocks in the same way.
It's an apples-to-oranges-but-at-least-they-are-both-fruit comparison at
best. I wish they had a Debian based port... *sigh*

Take my comments for what you may think they are worth. I absolutely
adore Debian for my home and my servers but I have absolutely nothing
but praise for the Rocks team when it comes to clustering.

Just MHO.

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