Jonathan Barber <email@example.com> writes: >> Anyhow, just wanted to pass along those lessons I've learned. Good luck, >> and let me know how Debian works out as the basis for a cluster. I might >> rebuild mine from RH9 to Debian if you have great successes. :) > > Just to add some information, there is a dedicated drop in cache for > debian, apt-proxy, which will probably reduce the network load quite a > lot. Just alter your source's list to point at it and you're away. If you want a fast and easy version, install (and configure, but that is trivial) apt-move and apache on the prime machine, and it will set up a mirror that the other machines can use. Combine this with jablicator/replicator, and you've got a simple and great mechanism (post-FAI) for keeping the packages (and kernels, etc) in sync. I've run (small) debian HPC (not high-availability) clusters for many years now. There are some gotchas, depending on what you want to do (PVM isn't the most recent, some work is a bit of a pain, less documented/automated than RedHat/RPM-distro based clusters), but all in all, it rocks. best, -tony -- firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.analytics.washington.edu/ Biomedical and Health Informatics University of Washington Biostatistics, SCHARP/HVTN Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center UW (Tu/Th/F): 206-616-7630 FAX=206-543-3461 | Voicemail is unreliable FHCRC (M/W): 206-667-7025 FAX=206-667-4812 | use Email CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail message and any attachments may be confidential and privileged. If you received this message in error, please destroy it and notify the sender. Thank you.