Operating System Base

Rocks 6.2 (Sidewinder) x86_64 is based upon CentOS 6.6 with all updates available as of 10 May 2015.

Building a bare-bones compute cluster

  • Boot your frontend with the Kernel/Boot Roll
  • Then supply the
    • Base roll
    • OS roll Disk 1
    • OS roll Disk 2
    • OS roll Disk 3

Building a more complex cluster

In addition to above select the following rolls:

  • Area51
  • HPC
  • Ganglia
  • web-server
  • perl
  • python
  • SGE or Torque (not both)
  • Condor can be used independently or in conjunction with SGE/Torque.
  • ZFS version can be used to build reliable storage systems.
  • New for 6.2 is support for perfSONAR (version 3.4.2).

Building Custom Clusters

If you wish to build a custom cluster, you must choose from our a la carte selection, but make sure to download the required Base, Kernel/Boot and all of the OS rolls. The OS rolls include CentOS 6.6 w/updates pre-applied (you may also use your own Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 media). The first 3 disks are the only ones required to build a cluster with the rolls on this site. Most users will want the full updated OS so that other software can be added. You may add the os disks 4 - 10 after you have installed your frontend.

MD5 Checksums

Please double check the MD5 checksums for all the rolls you download.


All ISOs are available for downloads from here. Individual links are listed below.

Jumbo DVDs (x86_64)

DVD Description
jumbo dvd option 1 Jumbo DVD: Area51, Base, Bio, Fingerprint, Ganglia, Hpc, Htcondor, Idpl-config, Java,
Kernel, KVM,OS, perfSONAR, Perl, Python, SGE, Web-server, ZFS
jumbo dvd option 2 Jumbo DVD: Above rolls without idpl-config

Individual rolls (x86_64)

Name Description Name Description
kernel Rocks Bootable Kernel Roll required bio Bioinformatics utilities
base Rocks Base Roll required fingerprint Fingerprint application dependencies
os disk 1 OS Roll required HTCondor HTCondor High Throughput Computing (version 8.2.8)
os disk 2 OS Roll required ganglia Cluster monitoring system from UCB
os disk 3 OS Roll required hpc Rocks HPC Roll
os disk 4 OS Roll (optional) kvm Support for building KVM VMs on cluster nodes
os disk 5 OS Roll (optional) perfSONAR The perfSONAR Roll (Version 3.4.2)
os disk 6 OS Roll (optional) perl Support for Newer Version of Perl
os disk 7 OS Roll (optional) python Python 2.7 and Python 3.x
os disk 8 OS Roll (optional) sge Sun Grid Engine (Open Grid Scheduler) job queueing system (Version GE2011)
os disk 9 OS Roll (optional) torque Torque+Maui job queueing system (packaged by HPC Group at University of Tromso, Norway)
os disk 10 OS Roll (optional) web-server Rocks Web Server Roll
area51 System security related services and utilities zfs-linux ZFS On Linux Roll. Build and Manage Multi Terabyte File Systems.