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Old 10-26-2003, 06:41 PM   #1
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Help required building Red Hat 9.0 cluster

I'm building a 1-master, 2-node cluster as part of a university project and have been told by my supervisor to use Red Hat Linux 9.0. Unfortunately the machines I'm using belong in a museum (we're talking 100Mhz 32Mb RAM and 1GB hard drives here) so I can't just install all the software that comes on the CDs. Can anyone tell me which packages, if any, I absolutely must install for clustering support?

Thanks for your help!
Old 10-26-2003, 08:45 PM   #2
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Which clustering package are you talking about? I do not believe any such thing comes built into RH9 but does in RH Enterprise. I've played around with on RH9 with success before. I was using P4's with 1GB RAM and lots of disk though and I almost always install *everything*. Oh well... Keep in mind though that anything you didn't install at initial load time can be added later.
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I'm not clear on this myself. What clustering packages are available? Do you mean Beowulf vs COW or actual cluster management rpms? As I understand it, I should be able to set up a simple cluster (no particular type) with any linux distrobution, but I'm yet to find a clear step by step tutorial on how to install linux for this purpose. Is it simply a case of ensuring NFS and MPI support?

I would like to get the installation right first time if possible, as I only have one cd rom drive between three machines. Unless I can get things installing over the network, I'm going to have to move the drive around every time I want to install something.
Old 10-27-2003, 01:47 AM   #4
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because of your hardware limits, i suggest installing linux with the very least amount of stuff you can (like no X) and then add what u need later.
Old 10-27-2003, 05:07 AM   #5
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You can use LiveCD distro.. But that too requires sufficient RAM.
So your clients can be of low resources but the server should be of good configuration. Also don't use X windows that can help u a lot.

Also specify that which project are u using to make clusture that also makes a difference


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