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Red Hat HPC Linux Cometh 34

Slatterz writes "Red Hat will announce its first high-performance computing optimised distro, Red Hat HPC, on 7 October. The distro is a step forward from the current Red Hat Enterprise Linux for HPC Compute Nodes. A part of the new distro is, by the way, created by a small Project Kusu team in Singapore. Kusu is the foundation for Platform Open Cluster Stack (OCS) which is an integral feature of Red Hat HPC. It might be sign of things to come, as more of hardware and software development moves to the Far East — even top-of-the-line computing performance."
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Red Hat HPC Linux Cometh

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  • A beowulf cluster of these!

  • by pembo13 ( 770295 ) on Saturday September 27, 2008 @03:36PM (#25179037) Homepage
    Others places I have seen it posted, few people ever commented on |voted up it. Don't know why people hate on one of the Linux "bread winners".
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Slashdot has editors who occasionally select interesting stories that are insufficiently sensationalist make it on vote-based sites like Digg.

      And that's A Good Thing.

    • by watice ( 1347709 )
      surprised as well. slashdot is usually a redhat basher. what gives with the break in tradition?!
    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      I would think what happened with Red Hat Linux is the main reason. Up until 2003 or so, Red Hat had two main products - Red Hat Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RHEL was basicly the same as you know now, while Red Hat Linux was the popular distro of its day much like Ubuntu is to many today and it could be downloaded freely. I used it myself and it was a very high quality product that really helped give Red Hat mindshare as the best, most stable linux distro and gained it a foothold in the enterprise. So

      • if you consider how many other companies use the 'server' distro that is RHEL, it really has been the right business decision to make. Think Oracle and VMware ship RHEL-based systems.

        Personally, I always go for CentOS when specifying a server linux distro. I wouldn't use it for a desktop (ubuntu gets that prize). I think its a good thing they specialise in this way.

      • Instead they formed Fedora which was a community distro / test bed for RHEL. With all due respect to Fedora, it wasn't anywhere near RHL in quality and after that many left to other distros, including myself.

        There were two competing camps for Redhat Linux - those who wanted free-'n-stable and those who wanted 'new hotness'. So, they let Fedora have the new hotness (which benefits their business eventually) and let Whitebox, then CentOS do free-'n-stable, making RHEL as easy to skin as possible for them. R

  • This distro seems to be based on the RHEL distro. I wonder when shall we have a CentOS-like, free as in free beer redistribution of it.

  • OCS and Kusu (Score:3, Informative)

    by ShawnX ( 260531 ) on Sunday September 28, 2008 @01:08AM (#25182353) Homepage Journal

    As one of the core developers of OCS,

    The source for the Red Hat HPC code can be found at you can check it out with SVN but please be nice on our server :-)

    I should probably update the wiki


    • What are your thoughts on OCS and its relation to other cluster oriented projects? i.e. Rocks, Oscar, xCAT, etc.

      • by ShawnX ( 260531 )

        Well, each one is trying to make it easier for people to deploy clusters on a massive scale. They each have their own approaches. We try to leverage the OS as much as possible using its components. Of course, we want ours to be a true Open Source clustering solution.

    • Do you guys use the RHEL base or replace performance critical components? I've been using Gentoo for performance-sensitive applications and have benchmarked about 40% gains over the RHEL stock distro, at least with the hardware I'm using. I love RHEL for general purpose work as its pre-made binaries are fabulously easy to work with, but I wouldn't have expected folks do HPC work with it.

  • If you have found ways to make things "high performance", you should certainly share that with the kernel devs and others who are involved with the software you've changed. All the rest of us would like a faster system too. ^^

    Of course, we'd install a DE if we were using it as our desktops, which would slow things down again a bit I'm sure, but if there are any rudimentary improvements those should definitely be shared with everyone upstream.

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