Rocks is a complete "cluster on a CD" solution for
x86 and IA64 Red Hat Linux COTS clusters. Building
a Rocks cluster does not require any experience in
clustering, yet a cluster architect will find a
flexible and programmatic way to redesign the
entire software stack just below the surface
(appropriately hidden from the majority of users).
Although Rocks includes the tools expected from
any clustering software stack (PBS, Maui, GM
support, Ganglia, etc), it is unique in its
simplicity of installation.
The installer has been replaced by Avalance, which uses BitTorrent to support concurrent installation. Critical tools for Rocks have been relocated to /opt/rocks, to distinguish them from standard versions. The underlying platform has been upgraded to Centos 4 update 2. Improved support for partitioning, especially in NAS and Compute appliances with multiple controllers. The removal of ganglia metrics that cause SCSI errors. Backticks are now allowed in root passwords. Support has been added for multi-level device naming. Improved handling of routing tables at the cluster and appliance levels. Improved 64-bit support.