Beowulf cluster provisioning, booting, driver troubles virtually unfixable

Don Becker is working hard to improve booting and provisioning options in Beowulf, the pioneering open source cluster project he co-founded. Improvements are all that's possible, so don't expect a silver bullet -- like virtualization -- to end booting, provisioning or device driver compatibility, he warns.

In this interview with editor Jan Stafford, Becker describes his recent work on Beowulf and the inevitability of hardware administration headaches. Becker is also CTO of Scyld Inc., the software division of Penguin Computing, a server vendor in San Francisco.,289142,sid39_gci1212906,00.html