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Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 System Requirements

Postby blin » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:12 am

In Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, any computer designated as either a head node or a compute node must meet minimum hardware and software requirements. If an organization’s plans include installing the administrative and user components on a remote computer, the remote computer must have an operating system that is compatible with the Compute Cluster Pack. Head nodes may also have additional software requirements, such as Remote Installation Services (RIS) or Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Network Address Translation (NAT), depending on the networking environment in which the cluster is installed.

Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0, which is included on the Compute Cluster Pack CD. The Compute Cluster Administrator requires Microsoft Management Console (MMC) version 3.0.

Minimum System Requirements
CPU Requirements 64-bit architecture computer Intel Pentium, or Xeon family with Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) processor architecture, or AMD Opteron family, AMD Athlon family, or compatible processor(s).
Minimum RAM 512 MB
Maximum RAM 32 GB
Multiprocessor Support Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 supports up to four processors per server.
Minimum Disk Space for Setup 4 GB
Disk Volumes For a head node, the Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 installation process requires a minimum of two volumes: one for the system partition, and one for RIS.

Compute nodes only require one volume.

RAID 0,1,5 may be used as appropriate, although they are not required.

Network Interface Card All nodes require at least one NIC. If a private network is planned, the head node requires a minimum of two NICs to create a public and private network, depending on the network topology selected.

Each node may require more NICs as appropriate in case of public network access or in support of an MPI-based network.

Software Requirements
The Windows 2003 Computer Cluster Pack must be installed on a supported operating system. The supported operating systems are identical for both the head and compute nodes. They include:

Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition

Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition

The remote administration and job scheduling components are automatically installed on the head node of the compute cluster but can also be installed on a remote workstation to simplify administration and scheduling. The supported operating systems for installation of the remote components are:

Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or 2 (SP1 or SP2) or R2

Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
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