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Service Pack Roll for Rocks 6.1 Released

The Service Pack Roll  for Rocks 6.1 is now released.

This fixes a number bugs/errors/omissions in Rocks 6.1 (Emerald Boa).  All new clusters should be built including the service pack roll. No further action is required when installed on a new cluster.

The roll is also designed to be applied to existing clusters, requiring only a reboot of the head node when complete.  The service pack is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

Direct Downloads of the service pack rolls are

To maintain compatibility with installed clusters, the base OS rolls are unchanged. The Jumbo rolls (which include all basic rolls) have been updated to include the service pack roll.

Rocks 6.1 (Emerald Boa) for i386 and x86_64 Released!

The latest update of Rocks codename Emerald Boa is now released. Emerald Boa  is available for CentOS 6.3 (Rocks 6.1).  Rocks 5.6 will be released when CentOS 5.9 becomes available  The Rocks-supplied OS rolls have all updates applied as of November 27, 2012.

Please see the Downloads Page to get started. Emerald Boa is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

Release notes are available.  Support for ZFS has been added.

Many thanks for all those who beta-tested this version of Rocks.


Rocks 6.1 (x86-64) Beta (Emerald Boa) Available

Rocks 6.1 is now available for Beta testing.  Please see the page to get started.

Some of the new features/updates of Rocks 6.1:

  1. Two-factor authentication is supported using google authenticator
  2. Internal ssh authentication is now host-based
  3. A frontend can be installed using a single partition
  4. ZFS on Linux roll now available. Based upon the ZFS on Linux rc11.  Note ZFS on linux is a “source” roll.
  5. Support GPT partition tables for drives > 2TB
  6. Improved IPMI documentation
  7. rocks create distro speed improved by removing redundant checksum calculation
  8. Infiniband (Mellanox) configured in the HPC roll with subnet manager running on frontend
  9. SGE roll updates to GE-2011p1
  10. Condor roll updated to 7.8.5