Greetings, and question about Ubuntu on a cluster

Joao Inacio jcinacio at
Tue Jul 4 21:22:02 UTC 2006

On 7/4/06, Michael R. Head <burner at> wrote:
> Greetings, I'm a student at Binghamton University (SUNY), and we've just
> received a 4 node IBM cluster on which I'm planning to install Ubuntu
> 6.06 LTS.
> We're not planning to build it as a single system image, but we'd like
> to have the machines be managable as a single unit (software should only
> need to be installed with one command, minimal editing of multiple /etc
> directories should be required ...).
> What packages in dapper (main or universe) are people using to manage
> dapper on a compute cluster?
> Details of the machine are here:
> (it's the cluster known as
> "pop").
> thanks,
> mike
> --
> Michael R. Head <burner at>


>From my extremely poor knowlege of clusters, i think you should be
more specific as to how it will be used.

the way i see it, there are many possible uses for a cluster (SSI, HA,
HPC) and that means different software/technologies.

For the machines to be manageable as a single unit, my first bet would
probably be ssi, but if that's ruled out then AFAIK the easy way is
booting the nodes directly from the master.

AFAIK that can be done the same way as nodes boot from an LTSP server.

Sorry if this wasn't of much help, but as i said i'm no cluster expert 8(

João Inácio

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