Subject: Re: cluster install (was Re: Welcome to tech-cluster)
To: None <>
From: John P. Campbell <>
List: tech-cluster
Date: 10/21/2003 12:54:38
On Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 02:11:36AM +0900, Curt Sampson wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Oct 2003, MLH wrote:
> Even nicer, I'd think, would be to stick the MAC addresses of the new
> machines into an appropriate database and just let the machines netboot,
> wouldn't it? Most machines these days do PIX. And some machines these
> days don't even include floppies.

Do you mean PXE?  At RLX, this is how we do it.  We PXE boot linux
nodes to get their assigned disk image.  The machines are then set to
boot to the hard drive the next time around.  It makes image
capture/deployment easy.  We can build a 50 node OpenPBS or LSF cluster
from a single OS image in about 10-20 minutes.

I'm very interested in following this list to see what people are
doing.  I write cluster management software for a living and am always
looking to see how things can be improved.  We currently only support
Linux, but I'm hoping we can get some customers to press us into the
*BSD markets as well as that is what I am mostly familiar with.