How to on building a High Performance Server on FreeBSD

Gerardo Paredes gerardon_paredes at
Sat Oct 18 15:48:32 UTC 2008

--- On Sat, 10/18/08, Stanislav Sedov <stas at> wrote:

From: Stanislav Sedov <stas at>
Subject: Re: How to on building a High Performance Server on FreeBSD
To: gerardon_paredes at
Cc: freebsd-cluster at
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2008, 3:34 AM

On Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:15:50 -0700 (PDT)
Gerardo Paredes <gerardon_paredes at> mentioned:

> I am giving a course for students who are about to finish their
undergraduate classes on Systems Engineering. We are trying to set up a High
Performance cluster for mathematic applications.   Does someone on the list
know of a well written "howto" kind of document we can support
whenever we get stuck at something.

What mechanism do you plan to use for parallel computation? If you'll go
for MPI I think the setup won't be different from any other UNIX, so any
documentation will apply. 

Yes we do intend to use MPI, but i was talking about how to setup the cluster going through the NFS install, where to put /home, at the NFS server or locally?, if would be better to install the worker nodes as diskless, netbooting machines, or can we arrange a setup of fully installed FreeBSD7.0 workstation to use their resources whenever somebody is not using them? 

I believe this point hasn't been worked enough on the FreeBSD documentation, as good as the Handbook is, there isn't good documentation on how to setup a cluster on it.

Gerardo Paredes

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