[clug] Distributing a large file to many servers

Cameron Patrick cameron at patrick.wattle.id.au
Mon Mar 6 01:58:48 GMT 2006

Simon Burton wrote:

> On Mon, 06 Mar 2006 11:40:34 +1100
> Matthew Sheppard <stray at mac.com> wrote:
> > 
> > I'm hoping, however, this is one of those problems which was solved 
> > neatly many years ago and is simple if you know the right tools.
> This may be too heavy duty, but you could use MPI (MPI_Bcast):
> http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/mpi/mpich/

Last I looked, MPICH's implementation of MPI_Bcast didn't actually use
ethernet broadcasts even over a local network, so it wouldn't really
give ideal performance.

Norton Ghost (which is proprietary) does that kind of thing, but I'm not
aware of anything free and unixy that will.


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