Mandrake's take on Linux clustering
- I know the UWI guys and RHS might like this one.
http://clic.mandrakesoft.com/download.html . It is one ISO, available at
Clic is sponsorised by the RNTL, others partners are ID-IMAG, BULL and
Mandrakesoft. This project's aim is to produce a HPC Linux Distribution for
32 & 64 bits processors.
It is an established fact that the clusters of machines can reach
performances equivalent to supercomputers for a cost of a lower order of
This was not enough to generalize the use of the clusters in free "software"
environment, because these distributed architectures are currently more
complex to program and to manage that architectures owners and/or with
The generalization of the use of clusters thus passes by the offer of
programming and administration interfaces and tools which allow to see (to
reach, manage, program) a cluster of machines as if it were about only one
machine. The objective of the project is to provide a Linux distribution for
clusters machines, in the form of an entirely free software package (licence
GPL or comparable), meeting the needs for deployment, administration and of
programming of clusters within the framework of exploitation for intensive
The objective of project CLIC is to allow the realization of large
scientific computers while being based on software known as "free" (i.e.
under licence GPL or comparable). The objective consists of the realization
a GNU/Linux distribution for clusters of machines, meeting the needs for
deployment, administration and programming of clusters within the framework
of exploitation for intensive calculation.
Phase 1 features
Ultra Fast deploiment
MPICH & LAM support
Lots of mathematical libraries available
Netjuggler (a virtual reality 3D engine) is included
A fast ethernet network switch
NO SCSI drives in nodes
A PXE bootable network card (intel / 3com)
A 3D accelerated video card for the virtual reality 3D engine