Giraffe pre-release of the Sun HPC Software, Linux Edition

After a quick sprint from February to June, and some mild bumps in between, Giraffe came to the Sun HPC Consortium and International SuperComputing '08 and announced our first public pre-release of Sun's HPC Software, Linux Edition. While we're still working out some of the kinks and bettering the stack in general, we wanted to be able to finally get the stack into the hands of others.

This pre-release offering comes in the form of a "build your own ISO" package, which includes tools that can be run on a local RPM-based system (RedHat, CentOS, Scientific Linux, etc.) that go out and fetch all the relevant pieces and build an ISO that can then be burned to DVD. Utilizing this shiny, new DVD, one can install a management node and build their very own linux-based HPC cluster.

Please, don't forget to also sign up to our community mailing list, that way we can all get involved in the conversation and really help each other figure out how to better not only the stack, but perhaps linux and HPC as well.

Comments:

Hello -

I was able to create an ISO image of the preview release on CentOS 5.2 x86_64 only after making three changes. These changes are mentioned in previous messages to the mailing list, but I thought it might be nice to consolidate a clear description of these changes into one message.

The three required changes are:

1) Change yumdownloader's config flag from '--config=foobar' to '-c foobar'
2) Disable the sunhpc-ss12 yum repo
3) Have yumdownloader disable the centos5 repo when downloading centos4 RPMs and disable the centos4 repo when downloading centos5 rpms

Changes 1 & 3 can be accomplished with sunhpc-linux-iso.patch and change 2 can be accomplished with ss12.repo.patch:

http://bohnsack.com/sunhpc-linux-iso.patch
http://bohnsack.com/ss12.repo.patch

Instructions for creating an ISO using these patches:

A) # wget http://dlc.sun.com/linux_hpc/iso/tools/sunhpc-linux-iso-0.1-sunhpc6.noarch.rpm

B) # rpm -ivh sunhpc-linux-iso-0.1-sunhpc6.noarch.rpm

C) Save sunhpc-linux-iso.patch and ss12.repo.patch to / and "cd /"

D) # patch -p0 < sunhpc-linux-iso.patch

E) # patch -p0 < ss12.repo.patch

F) # sunhpc-linux-iso

There was talk about creating a new release last month. Any word on that: http://lists.lustre.org/pipermail/linux_hpc_swstack/2008-July/000049.html

-Matthew

Posted by Matthew Bohnsack on August 07, 2008 at 05:56 AM EDT #

hello all

Posted by larry on July 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM EDT #

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