Creating an HPC/Beowulf Cluster the Easy Way

#Computers

Tue, Feb 7th, 2006 20:41 by capnasty NEWS

Configured and created by Dr. Shin Han Shiu, this Beowulf cluster is meant to be used for decoding plant genomes and other bioinformatics related tasks. It seems anything but easy.

It runs the Rocks clustering distribution that is based on CentOS (which is based on RedHat Enterprise Linux) and is pretty much a cluster on a disk. It contains ganglia for monitoring, MPI and Sun Grid Engine (SGE) for task queuing, pre-configured kickstart server for painlessly building computing nodes, pre-configured dhcp, nfs and other network services, apache, mysql and just about anything else you will need for a cluster.

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