Rocks v4.1 is released for i386, x86_64 and ia64 CPU architectures.
- Avalanche Installer
- Creation of the "Rocks Foundation Class"
- New blog-based frontend homepage
The Avalanche Installer uses a BitTorrent tracker to support highly-scalable concurrent compute node installation.
For example, let's say compute node A and compute node B are installing. If compute node A has already downloaded a package that compute node B needs, then compute node B will retrieve the package from compute node A, not from the frontend.
The Avalanche Installer drastically reduces the pressure on the frontend when many compute nodes are concurrently installed.
We've started moving "critical" tools (e.g., python and MySQL) under /opt/rocks.
The idea is to protect the tools that Rocks relies upon from updates that are applied by automated OS update programs (e.g., up2date and yum).
The default frontend homepage is now based on WordPress.
- OS Roll based on CentOS release 4/update 2 and all updates as of October 18 2005
- Updated SGE roll to SGE 6 update 6
- "rocks-mirror" modified to build Roll CD sets for any RPM repository
- For example, you could direct "rocks-mirror" at the BU Linux repository and it will produce 4 ISOs that are compatible with Rocks.
- Updated MyPhpAdmin to address security issues
- Improved support for partitioning, especially in NAS and Compute appliances with multiple controllers
- Removal of ganglia metrics that cause SCSI error on Adaptec, 3Ware, and other controllers
- Fix to allow backtick (`) in root password
- Support for multi-level device naming of Compaq (CCISS) and other RAID controllers
- Support for per-cluster, per-appliance, and per-node static routing definitions
- ATLAS/HPL now runs on EM64T machines in 64-bit mode.