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SUPERCOMPUTER TO THE RESCUE. Justin Curry EKU, Dept. of Technology, CEN/CET). OUTLINE. Motivation Introduction of Clustering Scenario Problem Solutions Results Verify cluster operation Conclusion. MOTIVATION. Curiosity Interesting Subject Problem Solver

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### SUPERCOMPUTER TO THE RESCUE

Justin Curry

EKU, Dept. of Technology, CEN/CET)

OUTLINE
• Motivation
• Introduction of Clustering
• Scenario Problem
• Solutions
• Results
• Verify cluster operation
• Conclusion
MOTIVATION
• Curiosity
• Interesting Subject
• Problem Solver
• Find the cheapest way for a company to have a cluster that can be used as a server
INTRODUCTION TO CLUSTERING(Supercomputing)
• Clustering is the method of linking several computers together through software to work as if they were one computer.
• Supercomputing is used on massive databases and applications that have large amounts of computation
• Supercomputers are relatively expensive
• Systems perform two parallel processes:
• SMP, or symmetric muliprocessing, used on load balancing systems
• MPP, or massively parellel processing, used to do use all of the processors in all of the computers on one task at the same time.
PROBLEM SCENARIO
• You Are:
• Owner of a real estate or insurance company
• You want to buy a server with web and FTP capabilities (To store all of the websites and information that is needed for the business)
• You don’t have the money to spend on it right now
• But you have a lot of old computers that are obsolete but are basically identical with hardware
POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS
• Spend a pretty penny for a brand new server
• Spend a little bit less money by buying a used server off the internet (viruses, broken, have to buy Windows 2003 Server
• Create a supercomputer with the old computers that you have around the office, using Beowulf (cost too much money)
• Create a supercomputer with the old computers that you have around the office, using free Linux software
Solution Picked:Create a supercomputer with the old computers and free Linux software
• ClusterKnoppix
• Rocks Clusters

Knoppix 3.6 based LiveCD

Runs directly off of CD

Numerous Applications

If running as a server, clients don’t need a cd-rom, floppy, or hard drive, due to openMosix

How to install ClusterKnoppix
• Configure network first by physically hook one of the computers up to a router or some type of networking device.
• Insert Cluster Knoppix CD into the computer
• Turn on each computer one after another so that openmosix software can recognize them.
Reason’s for choosing Cluster Knoppix
• Free
• Easy to assemble (computers are similar as far as the processor and RAM)
• Easy to Manage due to openMosix
• Automatic Hardware Detection feature
• Very popular in the Live Linux World
Rocks Clusters
• Another Linux Distribution
• Setup is like Red Hat Project
• Uses Open SSH which is another type of clustering software
• Uses the Cent OS, actual hard drive installation
Reason for picking Rocks Clusters
• Very user friendly
• Great Documentation
• Free
• Real Installation
• Runs Faster
RESULTS
• Cluster Knoppix worked like a charm
• I was able to test this cluster and overload it (which will be shown in the video)
• Rocks Cluster allowed me to share things(users, etc) and run interactive jobs
• Rocks Clusters was limited to me because of the clusters homepage was giving me problems:
• Needed my own DNS
• Needed more time
• ETC.
Verification of Cluster Operation
• ClusterKnoppix
• Rocks ClustersRocks Cluster
CONCLUSIONS
• Both of these solutions could be used in the workplace as a server until a company can actually afford a real one
• Great Learning experience
• Basically had teach myself the Linux command line (Very different from Microsoft)
FUTURE WORK
• Could actually connect the cluster to a network and run it as a ftp server
• Find a way to install ClusterKnoppix on the hard drive so that it can run faster
• ANY SUGGESTIONS?????
• justin_curry24@yahoo.com

THANK YOU