Beginner help

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Roshan, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. Roshan

    Roshan Guest

    I have read a lot about HPC's and was really interested in setting up a
    small cluster for my college.

    To begin with I will be using 30 computers already connected in a LAN
    and running Red Hat and Windows XP Professional. I would like to set up
    an environment such that a student or faculty can submit a job from
    anywhere in the campus and get the result as and when it is done. The
    jobs should be queued up in case of rush and then put up on any node
    which is free for processing. Now I have 2 doubts or to say problems:
    a) These computers are also used for people for surf the net in their
    free time. Is it possible that the processing on the job only be done
    when the computer is idle (say when no one is logged on or a
    screensaver is on)
    b) Since I'll be using the colleges computers I won't be allowed to
    uninstall or install a new OS..Is it possible to set it up using the
    Red Hat Linux itself.?

    It would be kind of anyone could help me or atleast redirect me to the
    correct website where I can read more about such problem.

    Thanks in advance...
    Roshan, Jun 11, 2006
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  2. Roshan

    nirnimesh Guest

    nirnimesh, Jun 11, 2006
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  3. b) Since I'll be using the colleges computers I won't be allowed to
    Hey, screwing around with a ready installed Linux that you have to take
    responsiblity of isn't a good idea. You can instead get (download, buy,
    whatever) yourself a ClusterKnoppix Live CD. This will enable you to do
    some experimenting with clusters without modifying anything on the
    machine itself as you only boot from a CD and everything needed is one

    You also get two kinds of cluster computing. The first kind was MOSIX,
    where processes migrate to other nodes of the cluster that has
    proccessor time available. For this you need to use a MOSIX enabled
    kernel, thus compile a new kernel, etc. etc. The other kind is what
    OSCAR does. You write scripts to give every computer a piece of a big
    job using NFS and SSH. Eg to render a 1000 frames of a movie created in
    Blender. You then give every computer 100 frames to render.

    Google for ClusterKnoppix, for OSCAR and visit
    Constant Meiring, Jun 11, 2006
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