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    I'm looking to start a parallel computing cluster with openSuSE to hopefully utilize RAM and CPU power from other computers. Does anyone know of any good way of going about this?

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    drstargazer wrote:
    > I'm looking to start a parallel computing cluster with openSuSE to
    > hopefully utilize RAM and CPU power from other computers.


    ok Doctor: do you mean a worldwide distributed computing cluster such
    as SETI, or (say) on a college/government/company LAN, or even
    smaller, in say just one office?

    do you have the cooperative software to crunch at many places and
    forward to a single collector/manager, or is that what you are looking
    for?

    i kinda wonder how did you settled on using openSUSE? [i mean, some
    folks doing star gazing lean less toward 'cutting edge' eye candy and
    toward more stable, dependables like Scientific Linux
    <http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=scientific> though
    openSUSE without KDE4 and rotating cubes can be very dependable,
    stable and fast]

    do you mean you want the controlling/collection point on openSUSE, and
    all the contributors also...or, can any OS crunch and forward?

    hmmm...maybe you could coat-tail on, or use, something already
    existing, like:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_computing
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...uting_projects
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkele...work_Computing

    if i wasn't helpful, sorry...a few more specifics in your Q would be
    helpful to those with answers, maybe...where do you need to start:
    programming both the cruncher and the collector/manager...or just
    deploy existing software??

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    A couple of years ago I wrote up somewhat detailed instructions on setting up a cluster on openSuse machines. I wrote it using openSuse 10.1, but I did eventually updated to 10.3 and there should be no difference which version is on there. The cluster was used by the physics department for educational use, but should be robust enough for pretty much anything you run on it. The cluster I work on now is much larger and uses SGE instead of Torque, but it basically works the same.

    Installation of Torque/Maui for a Beowulf Cluster | Department of Physics

    I hope that helps you with what you are trying to do.

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    Platinum,

    I'm looking to just deploy it in a small office LAN. I don't have any software to distribute, crunch, and collect. That's what I'm searching for. Is there existing software to do this?

    elserj, Thanks. I will give it a read.

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    platinum NNTP User

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    > elserj, Thanks. I will give it a read.

    from reading, i believe that Beowulf is probably what you are looking
    for..

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