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Can I build a Beowulf Cluster on top of OpenStack

asked 2013-06-21 14:57:51 -0500

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updated 2013-06-22 15:43:16 -0500

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Is it possible to build a High Performance Computing Beowulf Cluster using OpenStack?

How does OpenStack compare to XtreemOS?

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answered 2013-06-22 15:42:47 -0500

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OpenStack aims at delivering Infrastructure As A Service and while it is conceptually possible to build a HPC cluster on top of virtual machines managed by OpenStack, I believe it makes no practical sense. You can read more about OpenStack on the getting started page.

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it means if i have 4 compute nodes each with 4 cores .Default cpu allocation ratio is 16 so total virtual processors will be 128 (16*16 / 2 as metioned in openstack operation guide) so openstack will not allow me to create a virtal macines with all 128 vcpu's for Higher Performance Computing ?

Zaino gravatar imageZaino ( 2013-10-14 02:10:59 -0500 )edit

if no then maximum resources (cpu's and RAM) that i can assign to virtual machine equals to one compute node ?

Zaino gravatar imageZaino ( 2013-10-14 02:11:22 -0500 )edit

I'm saying that since you already have the hardware available, I wouldn't waste time and resources installing openstack to run a HPC cluster on top of it: just install Beowulf on your hardware and use all of it. Or tell us more about your use case.

smaffulli gravatar imagesmaffulli ( 2013-10-14 10:46:58 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-06-22 19:29:18 -0500

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I think that you can use heat to build your cluster, refer to

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