Posted on 2012-03-18
I have been reading for hours now online trying to find if it would be possible - assuming one had the hardware - say for example 50 X 1U servers - to build a Linux cluster - that could run windows 7 OS on the cluster? I see most if not all the articles online state that you can only run cluster aware applications on a cluster - which makes sense to me - but I also saw in some cases some people make reference to running for example Virtual Box on a cluster - and windows within it. But at the same time - others say that Virtual box doesn’t support MPI so it won’t make use of the nodes, and no, I am not confusing people saying you can run a cluster in a Virtual Environment, just in case. I can see for testing sake, one could run 4 VM’s – and then setup a cluster etc
Anyway what I am getting at is there is a lot of info - of yes / no - this that etc - also a lot is outdated.
Is Windows 7 a parallel processing OS? If it is, surely with PVM on a linux cluster, you could run Windows 7 on the cluster?
Some provide statements they have accomplished this, using Windows Applications like 3D studio Max – but don’t provide details.
Any advice on this would be appreciated.