MPICH2 and a phone call  //  Monday, September 1, 2008

After getting the nod from my supervisor, I am moving forward with MPICH2. Unfortunately, I understand that the only Ubuntu-packaged version of MPICH is 1-something-ubuntu, so I'll be installing from source. On the up side, there's a fantastic walkthrough I found on how to accomplish this and set up my MPICH2 cluster. Also, there's some great stuff in there about NFS and SSH Shared-Key authentication, which is my intended destination as well. It's good to see I'm not the only one trying to do these things with Ubuntu.

My supervisor expressed concerns over the way Ubuntu server is set up for development, specifically that it's not. In a previous post, I mentioned that finding all the development packages was a tedious task. Well, I had another RTFM moment, and discovered a package called build-essential, which contains everything essential to (you guessed it) building code. It was a good day.

In other news, I received a phone call from Canonical on Friday. They just wanted to check up with me on how I was using Ubuntu, and how I was liking it. The gentleman on the other end sounded excited to hear that I'm using it for a University's Grid, and told me he would be sending me an email so we could establish contact. Sadly, I never received said email, and there is no way in hell I'm returning a call to a +44 number, so I'll just have to let it go.

In the meantime, I hear tell I'm going to receive a key to the "server room," so I will be able to start moving things about as I see fit, and maybe posting some pictures.

I'll let you know.

-CF

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