PelicanHPC Changelog

New in version 3.0

October 31st, 2014
  • Based on the current Debian stable release "Wheezy".

New in version 2.9 (January 10th, 2013)

  • Octave 3.6.3, dynare 4.3.1, some updates to the econometrics stuff, and also the usual sync to Debian. This release is mainly to incorporate package updates from Debian. A note: PelicanHPC is based on Debian stable (squeeze), and is made using live-build v2.x. Before too long, the testing version of Debian (wheezy) will become stable. To make live images with wheezy, you need to use live-build v3.x. The build script for PelicanHPC will need to be adapted to use live-build 3.x. I doubt that I will have time/interest to do that, so if anyone would like to take on the job, feel free to go for it.

New in version 2.8 (June 23rd, 2012)

  • Octave 3.6.2, dynare 4.3.0, new example code for estimation of nonlinear DSGE model (go to /home/user/Econometrics/MyOctaveFiles/Econometrics/IL/DSGE and execute ./runme), also the usual sync to Debian. You can dd the image onto USB storage to have bootable media, or you can boot the image with virtualization software.

New in version 2.7 (February 1st, 2012)

  • This is a fairly minor update. Octave 3.6.0, dynare 3.4.2, and pelicanhpc.pdf is on the desktop. Other than these changes, the rest is just a sync with Debian.

New in version 2.3.2 (January 18th, 2011)

  • building a modified version while running PelicanHPC
  • running a permanent cluster using the pelican_config scheme.

New in version 2.2 (September 12th, 2010)

  • ~/pelican_config file to allow for persistence, customization and headless boot. People interested in doing serious work with PelicanHPC are encouraged to examine this self-documented file
  • autodetection of persistent frontend home
  • autodetection of frontend and node local scratch space
  • ability to run local scripts post boot and setup
  • node beep after boot
  • firewall
  • automated node booting using wake-on-lan
  • configuration of slots and optional frontend inclusion for mpi
  • ganglia
  • static IP assignment configurable using MAC addresses.
  • node startup/shutdown script
  • possibility to serve DHCP to machines that are not compute nodes
  • python frontend for mpi software included (mpi4py)
  • can now build PelicanHPC on PelicanHPC, using live-build
  • added a couple of text editors, joe and nano

New in version 2.2 RC (July 22nd, 2010)

  • ~/pelican_config file to allow for persistence, customization and headless boot
  • autodetection of persistent frontend home
  • autodetection of frontend and node local scratch space
  • ability to run local scripts post boot and setup
  • node beep after boot
  • firewall
  • automated node booting using wake-on-lan
  • configuration of slots and optional frontend inclusion for mpi
  • ganglia
  • static IP assignment configurable using MAC addresses.
  • node startup/shutdown script
  • possibility to serve DHCP to machines that are not compute nodes
  • python frontend for mpi software included (mpi4py)
  • can now build PelicanHPC on PelicanHPC
  • added a couple of text editors, joe and nano

New in version 2.0 (January 13th, 2010)

  • based on Debian testing (squeeze) instead of stable (lenny). This means that most packages have newer versions. In particular, the kernel is at 2.6.30 and Open MPI is at 1.3.3.
  • has new MPI bindings for GNU Octave, developed mostly by R. Corradini, building off MPITB. The new MPI bindings allow use of Octave 3.2.x instead of 3.0.x, which gives some important performance gains. The new bindings are less complete than MPITB, but they provide all MPI calls used in the examples for GNU Octave. The Monte Carlo and kernel examples have been adapted to use these new bindings, the other examples of MPI usage within Octave still need to be updated.
  • Open MPI is now the only MPI implementation installed.
  • the Ganglia monitoring system is installed and pre-configured for up to 4 hosts. It is easy to add entries for larger clusters. Visit http://localhost/ganglia after having set up the cluster (pelican_setup). The ksysguard monitor is still available, too.

New in version 1.8 (February 4th, 2009)

  • The make_pelican script supports USB disk image as well as ISO;
  • added dialogs for setting password and allowing use of permanent storage;
  • add binary blobs for closed-source network cards;
  • add locales, console-common and packages for mail;
  • add a couple of symbolic links to support software compiled using older versions of OpenMPI;
  • tutorial updated.