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Old 07-23-2008, 10:07 PM   #1
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Debian Etch Clustering

Hello. I have spent most of this summer trying to setup a super computer. I have several old towers lying around that are currently collecting dust. I want to put them to good use and build a super computer. The plan was to use openmosix because it has the ability to run regular single-processor applications on a parallel system. Also, it seems very user friendly and I could use Clusterknoppix CD's to boot the old machines instead of having a hard drive in all of them (one of my limitations). However, the newest version is a Beta rpm that I hear is buggy to begin with, and I have to use Alien to make it a deb file. The newest kernel patch for Debian is for the 2.4.21 kernel. I am running Debian Etch. I guess my question is, Is there any way to use OpenMosix with Debian Etch and still have a fairly stable system, or is there something similiar out there? I have read on several other softwares, but none of them mention the ability to run regular programs. Can MPICH2? I had a little trouble understanding from their FAQ page. Thanks in Advance
Old 07-23-2008, 10:15 PM   #2
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OpenMosix development stopped a few months back, they never got a stable version/complete version released for the 2.6 kernel, it is just for 2.4. The availability of low-cost multicore systems and the inherent inefficiency in a cluster network (when compared to a multi core/CPU machine) made the project irrelevant for the most part.

A group has been working on a new project called LinuxPMI which is based on the OpenMosix code, but I have no idea how well it works. They are targeting 2.6 at least, so it is a start.
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LinuxMPI looks interseting, but I don't think they even have a test version out yet. Their install instructions list the kernel as broken, so I don't think I can use it. Looks promising in the future though. Thanks


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