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I need to set up aLinux Cluster as a High School Projekt, to show people one of the many thing you can do with linux. But i'm not sure what programs to use. I would like to be able to use different systems (but same distributions, Debian i think - but you guys may have a better idea which i would gladly use) with different hardware only connected by local TCP/IP LAN.
The purpuse of this cluster should be to show raw computing power by running some kind of test program very fast or something like that - to illustrate the power of the computers combined.
All i need now is a program to combine the computing power of the client machines into executing one program on a server.
Anybody know of such a program or a program to illustrate or benchmark such a cluster?
I wrote a small page about the construction of my cluster and it shows instructions on how to build a similar cluster. It also shows benchmark results and upgrades as I added more nodes and administration and monitoring packages.
I followed this for my first cluster on FreeBSD using mpich, but now I use Slackware 9.1 and LAM. This is probably the best "Getting Started" guide I've seen. Post back here if you have trouble with the ssh setup or anything else, I can help you. You will probably have to do some funky stuff with your /etc/passwd file too. I strongly suggest using ssh, not for all the good security reasons but because I found it easier than rsh as described on the website. There's loads of good links there on the website as well.
Thank you for the support. I am glad to see people find it interesting. Since it's construciton, I have tried to get back into programming so I can make programs to test out on it for possible future clusters.
I am probably going to switch from RedHat to slackware or a bsd to see if it will run any faster since the hardware is older.
Slackware <might> be a bit faster than RedHat based on what's set up by default in the kernel. You'll probably get more out of tweaking your RedHat kernel than changing distributions. FreeBSD supposedly has a faster TCPIP stack, but if you're not network limited that won't make any difference. I don't know if the floating-point is any faster.
This year we made a project about clustering... We have used Mandrake Clic 2.0 which as a distro designed for clustering... Here is the website... http://clic.mandrakesoft.com/index-en.html
How it is special? It has two different installation options like server and node installation... They have different packages such as benchmarking tools...