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NPACI Rocks Cluster Tool Kit

Rocks is a complete "cluster on a CD" solution for x86 and IA64 Red Hat Linux COTS clusters. Building a Rocks cluster does not require any experience in clustering, yet a cluster architect will find a flexible and programmatic way to redesign the entire software stack just below the surface (appropriately hidden from the majority of users). Although Rocks includes the tools expected from any clustering software stack (PBS, Maui, GM support, Ganglia, etc), it is unique in its simplicity of installation.

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  •  19 Nov 2008 08:39

    Release Notes: Enhancements and updates were made to all packages.

    •  23 Aug 2007 20:15

      Release Notes: This release adds a command line for controlling the cluster. Boot order issues have been fixed. Core components have been updated.

      •  10 Mar 2007 11:30

        Release Notes: The name server is now correctly restarted when adding nodes. This release fixes lockups that occurred when using 10/100 ethernet over the cluster.

        •  21 Feb 2007 19:06

          Release Notes: The glimmer source was refreshed. GROMACS 3.3.1 has been added and compiled with MPICH support. There are many bugfixes.

          •  14 Mar 2006 23:19

            Release Notes: The installer has been replaced by Avalance, which uses BitTorrent to support concurrent installation. Critical tools for Rocks have been relocated to /opt/rocks, to distinguish them from standard versions. The underlying platform has been upgraded to Centos 4 update 2. Improved support for partitioning, especially in NAS and Compute appliances with multiple controllers. The removal of ganglia metrics that cause SCSI errors. Backticks are now allowed in root passwords. Support has been added for multi-level device naming. Improved handling of routing tables at the cluster and appliance levels. Improved 64-bit support.

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