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gajubhai
13-Jan-2012, 14:46
Dear All,
I am new to linux. We are having one machine with strong processing
power. Enterprise Server SUSE Linux 11 SP1 is installed on it. We are
having some other low end terminals. I want to build a cluster of these
machines so that low end terminals can utilize the processing power, RAM
etc of strong configuration machine. I am new to Linux and cluster
computing. Cananybody tel me from where I should start? Is it possible
to build cluster like this without involving any cost?


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KBOYLE
13-Jan-2012, 22:23
gajubhai wrote:

>
> Dear All,
> I am new to linux. We are having one machine with strong processing
> power. Enterprise Server SUSE Linux 11 SP1 is installed on it. We are
> having some other low end terminals. I want to build a cluster of
> these machines so that low end terminals can utilize the processing
> power, RAM etc of strong configuration machine. I am new to Linux and
> cluster computing. Cananybody tel me from where I should start? Is it
> possible to build cluster like this without involving any cost?

The SLES 11 SP1 documentation is a good place to start.
http://www.novell.com/documentation/sles11/

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mikewillis
14-Jan-2012, 11:16
If you only have one 'machine with strong processing power' you don't
need a cluster. You can just allow people using the 'low end terminals'
to log in to the 'one machine with strong processing power' via SSH. If
they're running something that will take a long time they can log in,
set it going in the background with stderr and stdout redirected to a
file and then log out. Or they could run whatever they're running inside
a screen* session, detach it, log out, then log back in later and
reattach.

* https://www.gnu.org/software/screen/ the manual can be a bit
daunting so finding a quick guide is useful to get going quickly, e.g.
'Using GNU Screen' (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/34)


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