PK is a remaster of the Knoppix live CD distibution of GNU Linux that allows setting up a cluster of machines for parallel processing using MPI. The openMPI, LAM-MPI and MPICH implementations are installed and ready to use. PVM is also included. You can convert a room full of machines running Windows into a Linux cluster, and when you shut down, your Windows machines are in their original state. The computers in the cluster can be homogeneous or heterogeneous. Getting the cluster up and running takes about 5 minutes, if the machines have PXE network cards. Clusters from 2 to 200 machines are supported. The tutorial explains in detail how to set it up.
New release for 20-Feb-2006
* openMPI at version 1.0.1 The pi example for C shows how to use it.
* mpich.tar.gz is included in the Examples directory. This shows how to compile and install software on a running cluster, and lets you run a very cool parallel Mandelbrot set plotter
* ganglia removed for the time being
* missing MPITB source included
* montecarlo.m does dynamic load balancing and is robust to node failure.
* Tutorial updated