The auto-discovery daemon (omdiscd) provides a way to automatically configure an openMosix cluster hence eliminating the need of a /etc/mosix.map or similar manual configurations. Auto-discovery uses multicast packages to notify other nodes that it is an openMosix node. This way adding an extra node to your mosix cluster means that you just have to start the omdiscd on your machine and it will join the cluster.
However there are some small requirements, Like with any openMosix cluster , you need to have networking configured correctly. mainly the routing. Without a default route, you must specify an interface to omdiscd with the -i option. Otherwise omdiscd will exit with an error like.
Aug 31 20:41:49 localhost omdiscd: Unable to determine address of default interface. This may happen because there is no default route configured. Without a default route, an interface must be: Network is unreachable Aug 31 20:41:49 localhost omdiscd: Unable to initialize network. Exiting.
[root@localhost log]# route -n Kernel IP routing table Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface 10.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 255.0.0.0 U 0 0 0 eth0 127.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 255.0.0.0 U 0 0 0 lo 0.0.0.0 10.0.0.99 0.0.0.0 UG 0 0 0 eth0
Sep 2 10:00:49 oscar0 kernel: openMosix configuration changed: This is openMosix #2780 (of 6 configured) Sep 2 10:00:49 oscar0 kernel: openMosix #2780 is at IP address 192.168.10.220 Sep 2 10:00:49 oscar0 kernel: openMosix #2638 is at IP address 192.168.10.78 Sep 2 10:00:49 oscar0 kernel: openMosix #2646 is at IP address 192.168.10.86 Sep 2 10:00:49 oscar0 kernel: openMosix #2627 is at IP address 192.168.10.67 Sep 2 10:00:49 oscar0 kernel: openMosix #2634 is at IP address 192.168.10.74
omdiscd has some other options that you can use. You can either run omdiscd as a daemon (default) or in the foreground where output goes to the screen (standard output) omdiscd -n . An interface can be specified with the -i option.
Now lets still have a short look at the other tool , it's showmap. This tool will show you the newly auto generated openMosix map.
[root@oscar0 root]# showmap My Node-Id: 0x0adc Base Node-Id Address Count ------------ ---------------- ----- 0x0adc 192.168.10.220 1 0x0a4e 192.168.10.78 1 0x0a56 192.168.10.86 1 0x0a43 192.168.10.67 1 0x0a4a 192.168.10.74 1
Auto-discovery has some other features not listed here such as a routing mechanism for clusters with more than one network. More detailed information can be found in the README and DESIGN files in the user-land tools source tree.
More recent versions of the openMosix rc scripts will first verify wether an /etc/openmosix.map file or similar exists before trying to use autoconfiguration.