October 7, 2003 -- The OSCAR working group has released
a new version of the Open Source Cluster Application Resources (OSCAR)
toolkit, OSCAR 2.3.1.
OSCAR is a software package that supports the use of high-performance
computing by reducing the work of cluster configuration, installation,
operation, and management. Enhancements to previous versions of OSCAR in
OSCAR 2.3.1 include a faster, multicast-based version of the OSCAR
installer; a more scalable version of OSCAR's remote command execution
toolkit; a more expressive packaging API, which allows package authors to
more easily convey package requirements; and a redesigned and improved,
Qt-toolkit-based, graphical user interface for the OSCAR Package
Downloader (OPD) wizard. This improved wizard enables a user to download
additional packages from on-line repositories prior to the cluster
OSCAR 2.3.1 also includes the new LAM/MPI 7.0 communications library, and
supports the use of several previously unsupported software packages,
including Myrinet, PVFS, and Clumon. These new packages can be downloaded
at the start of an installation via OPD and then installed as part of
normal OSCAR installation.
OSCAR 2.3.1, has been fully tested for use with IA32 processors, under Red
Hat 8.0, 9.0 and Mandrake 9.0. Those seeking IA64 support should use
version 2.2.1 of OSCAR for now.
OSCAR 2.3.1, OSCAR 2.2.1, and additional information about the OSCAR
project are available from the OSCAR project page:
The OSCAR working group is a consortium of industry, academic and
research participants. Primary contributors include Bald Guy Software,
Dell, IBM, Intel, Indiana University, Intel, MSC.Software, National
Computational Science Applications (NCSA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(ORNL) and Sherbrooke University. OSCAR is the product of the OSCAR
working group of the Open Cluster Group (OCG). OCG is dedicated to making
cluster computing practical. The OCG and its subgroups are open to all.