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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

SUPERCOMPUTER TO THE RESCUE

Justin Curry

EKU, Dept. of Technology, CEN/CET)

outline
OUTLINE
  • Motivation
  • Introduction of Clustering
  • Scenario Problem
  • Solutions
  • Results
  • Verify cluster operation
  • Conclusion
motivation
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
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
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
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
Solution Picked:Create a supercomputer with the old computers and free Linux software
  • ClusterKnoppix
  • Rocks Clusters
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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
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
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
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
Reason for picking Rocks Clusters
  • Very user friendly
  • Great Documentation
  • Free
  • Real Installation
  • Runs Faster
results
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
Verification of Cluster Operation
  • ClusterKnoppix
  • Rocks ClustersRocks Cluster
conclusions
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
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